Use it or lose it warning for Stanton Hill hub

.Committee members from the Stanton Hill Community Shop  hope that the future of the shop is still positive from the left are Beryl Anthony and Joan Barratt
.Committee members from the Stanton Hill Community Shop hope that the future of the shop is still positive from the left are Beryl Anthony and Joan Barratt
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A COMMUNITY facility in Stanton Hill which provides advice and assistance to hundreds of local folk is desperately seeking sponsorship.

The Stanton Hill Community Shop in High Steet was set to close at the end of this week following a drop in funds and the withdrawal of a major backer, before being given a last minute reprieve.

And now the village is in danger of losing the facility which provides a host of free services for people facing issues with debt, homelessness, job seeking and many more problems.

Trish Phillips, chairman of committee for the service, said the tough financial climate was making it difficult for them to find funding and they could no longer afford the rent for the shop.

“We are still waiting to hear back after a making a number of funding applications, but who knows what is going to happen - everyone is struggling for funding at the moment.

“We get hundreds of people in here every week, many of them elderly or vulnerable and these people will go without if the shop closes.”

The shop was set up in 1996 and is almost entirely run by volunteers, including an on-site Department of Work and Pensions trained advisor.

Trish said the facility was used by people from all over the district, and was also used for local councillors surgeries and by the police and fire services.

Stanton Hill councillor Jason Zadrozny stepped in with a cash grant last week to save the shop by paying the rent until August.

But Coun Zadrozny said it remained to be seen whether it was too late to keep the shop going indefinitely.

He said: “I think it is the case that the people of Stanton Hill know what the shop does for them, but the message needs to get out there to more people from further afield.

“I think it really is a case of use it or lose it, and I’m not just talking about the people who come all over to use the services on offer at the shop.

“Anyone who feels they can volunteer some of their time to staff the shop or join the committee should get in touch.”

For more information or to offer support ring the shop on Mansfield 453389.