Celebrations as a community project in Wisbech, that helps the long term unemployed, is saved for another year

Community House at Wisbech, the garden created by volunteers

Community House at Wisbech, the garden created by volunteers - Credit: Archant

Staff, volunteers and clients are celebrating after learning that a community building in Wisbech has been saved for another year.

Community House at Wisbech, the garden created by volunteers

Community House at Wisbech, the garden created by volunteers - Credit: Archant

Community House, which has been open for around 10 years, offers specialist support to help get people back to work.

Councillor Virginia Bucknor, who campaigned to keep the facility open, said: “It makes such a difference to people’s lives, the work of the two staff is outstanding.

“Everybody involved is passionate about how important it is to keep Community House and now we know it is safe for another year we can’t stop smiling, it is fantastic news.

“Roddons are incredibly supportive allowing us to have use of the building and Job Centre Plus locally have done us proud in pushing for it to remain open.”

Community House, Southwell Road, Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.

Community House, Southwell Road, Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Following a comprehensive spending review the house was left without funding support.

The local Job Centre Plus however recognised the skills that the team provided in getting people with long term unemployment back into work and pushed for this continued funding to the Department of Work and Pensions.

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Cllr Bucknor said: “We are extremely thankful to Paul Medd, the chief executive and his team, in initiating the funding bid to continue this specialist service for all the community.

“After many months of anguish, knowing that the unique work Carl and Jayde and the volunteers at Community House provides, can continue.”

The house, on Southwell Road, runs a range of activities aimed at families and the broader community to help them learn, explore, have fun and realise their own potential.

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