Community hub to close after cuts

Centre Point and Church officials are joined by sponsors, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, in 2011 at the opening of its new building

Centre Point and Church officials are joined by sponsors, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, in 2011 at the opening of its new building

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An Ashfield community hub has gone into liquidation forcing it to close and cut vital community services and jobs.

Kirkby-based Trinity Church CentrePoint said it needs to raise a minimum of £20,000 in order to stay afloat.

Following thousands of pounds in government grants and cuts, Georgia Evans manager at CentrePoint, confirmed last night (19th November) the centre will close for good at the end of the month after opening in 1998.

She said: “The whole of CentrePoint Limited’s community facilities for the Ashfield area and people is having to close due to funding from local and central government grants no longer being available. We have tried to appeal for help through the local population but that has not happened and it is with deep regret we are forced to close.”

A total of nine jobs will be lost and the community will be hit hard with many being isolated as a result added Ms Evans.

CentrePoint offered a range of services run through the church and its building on Diamond Avenue. A community bus, social events, counselling and education services were among some of its services helping users between a few months and 98-year-olds.

To donate and keep the centre running visit www.localgiving.com/charity/communitycentrepoint