Fenland homeless charity The Ferry Project taking over The Queen Mary Centre

Queen Mary Centre in Wisbech.

Queen Mary Centre in Wisbech. - Credit: Archant

An award winning Fenland charity is taking over one of Wisbech’s community centres.

Keith Smith, Director of the Luminus Ferry Project.

Keith Smith, Director of the Luminus Ferry Project. - Credit: Archant

Owners Cambridgeshire County Council have let The Queen Mary Centre, of Queens Road, to Ferry Project, a homeless charity which has a base nearby at Octavia View on South Brink.

The move is part of the council’s review of its assets to get best value for tax payers and the community.

The Ferry Project will upgrade the building and promote community activities there.

Ferry Project director Keith Smith said: “It is with great pleasure that Ferry Project is working with Cambridgeshire County Council and The King’s Church, Wisbech, to bring this valuable community asset back into use.

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“We often hear people criticising Wisbech saying there is nothing to do here.

“Our aim is to provide a place in Wisbech town centre where community groups, clubs and people can meet to do what they like doing, whether that is sport, drama, fitness, cooking, taking courses or having a party.”

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The Ferry Project provides up to 88 bed spaces in a range of accommodation to homeless people and helps them develop life skills.

They won the Housing Heroes 2013 Support/Care Team of the Year Award at an awards ceremony in Manchester.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Count said: “I am very pleased that we can lease the centre to such a worthwhile charity and that it will be used to support community activities.”

If you would like to make a booking or help them upgrade the building go to the Queen Mary Centre Monday to Friday 9am-5pm or phone 01945 429300.

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