The Worshipful Mayor of Poole, Cllr Peter Adams, has officially launch a ‘one stop shop’ for residents needing advice about housing, banking, debt, unemployment and volunteering at a celebration event in the Poole town centre this week.
Offices at Beech House – PHP’s HQ since 2004 – have been transformed to provide new homes for some high-profile and well-recognised local organisations, including Sandbourne Housing Association, Poole Citizens Advice Bureau, Coastal Community Savings & Loans, Poole Council for Voluntary Service, and Poole Well-being Collaborative.
The ground floor and reception area has been fully refurbished and reconfigured, new meeting spaces added on all floors, and a brand new residents’ resource centre, where members of the community can access IT facilities and the internet for free, set up on the top floor. (They can also enjoy fantastic views of Poole Harbour!)
PHP took over the head lease of the Wimborne Road site in 2013 and we will continue to operate much of our activities from our current offices. Our search for ‘partners’ which would complement our services started last year, and it is hoped that residents will now be able to make use of several of the organisations during a single visit to Beech House.
Su Spence, PHP’s Director of Finance and Resources, who led the refurbishment project, said: “We are really pleased to be able to launch the new community hub, which will add real benefit not just to PHP residents but to the whole community in Poole. We have already seen real improvements in the services we offer and things can only get better in the future.”