Centre of attention for Hawkinge

Contributed by editor on May 14, 2005 - 12:39 PM


The Hawkinge Partnership’s new community office in Canterbury Road is now open giving residents and service providers the chance to share their ideas o­n how the base will develop as a community resource.

Anne Hutt, a resident member of the Partnership Board, said: “The community office provides an excellent resource for local residents. It’s an information point where they can find out what’s going o­n in Hawkinge and where to access services or facilities. It also has a computer for public use. People will be able to keep in touch with family by e-mail and surf the web and students can use the facility to help their studies.â€?

Chairman of the Partnership, Jan Doyle, said: �The office is a much-needed community resource. Twenty local residents are now members of the Partnership and the office has been designed to allow them access to computer, telephone, fax, photocopier and other facilities to support their work.

“The office has a meeting room and a base for service providers, where they can offer surgeries, information or support sessions to help local residents to access their services more easily. The base also houses the Neighbourhood Management team and local community warden.�

The work of the Partnership is funded through the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s National Pathfinder programme which supports local people in working with service providers to improve public services to meet their needs.