The first phase of a £250,000 conversion of a disused former office in Northampton into a learning centre for people with complex needs has almost been completed.
Northampton Hope Centre is currently renovating its building in Ash Street and the downstairs of the premises is due to open in the next few months.
The new learning centre will offer basic training and learning to Hope Centre clients and others with similar needs.
People using the centre will also be able to access training, prepare for job interviews and develop new skills.
There will be designated training areas to develop practical skills such as catering and technical skills and a full IT suite will enable clients to develop their computer skills and work on CVs.
The building will be focused on helping people who have been long-term unemployed, to gain work and volunteering opportunities.
Hope Centre chairman, Adrian Pryce, said: “The new centre will provide a nurturing environment in which people will feel comfortable preparing for the sometimes daunting task of returning to the work place.”
The Hope Centre is still looking for local people and businesses to HEL0P fund the large scale renovation work and start-up costs by offering staff time, BUILDING materials, expertise and sponsorship.
Leon Williams, case manager at the Hope Centre, said: “We aim to familiarise ourselves with each of the patrons of our day centre and continue to provide a welcoming
environment where each person has the opportunity to address needs and improve well being. We tailor our support to meet individual needs and treat each person as an individual deserving respect and support to progress.
“We are very excited to offer further support away from the centre and now actively engage with local businesses and organisations that share similar values.”
To find out more about how to support the project go to www.northamptonhopecentre.org.uk.