New management for the Community Resource Service

The Hub YeovilNew management arrangements for the much valued Community Resource Service in Yeovil will come into place in April.

The well-used facility, which is located at the Manor Stables opposite the Octagon, is currently owned and managed by South Somerset District Council. From April the service will be run by the Hub-Yeovil, a Community Interest Company that aims to support vulnerable people to develop their work and life skills helping them to enjoy their lives.

The Community Resource Service has nearly 7,000 registered customers regularly accessing their Art Shop, Equipment Hire and Fabric. They also house the Scrapstore which every year recycles more than 30 tonnes of business materials that would otherwise go to landfill. These business materials go on to be used in a wide variety of art and craft projects.

Lynda Pincombe, Community Health & Leisure Manager at South Somerset District Council said: “To ensure that council services are being delivered in the most efficient way, the council is planning to transfer the management of the Community Resource Service to The Hub once the final contractual formalities are completed.
“Customers will still be able to access the same core services and members of The Hub are already working alongside existing staff to ensure that the transition is a smooth one without any disruption.”

Clive Tuck, CEO at The Hub said: “We are delighted to be working together with SSDC to continue the Community Resource Service. Our aim will be to continue our work with learning disabled young people offering them real opportunities for work. The support of the local community is very important to us, as this enables us to carry on supporting vulnerable people to find safe and supported routes to greater independence.”Cllr Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at the District Council said: “I am pleased that this step will enable the council to maintain this important and highly valued community facility. This management transfer will reduce the level of council subsidy and in turn save money for the council tax payers.“In a time of the severe cuts in Government funding this is an example of South Somerset District Council thinking of alternative ways to continue as many services as possible by exploring different ways of working.”



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