A fantastic Development Project has been proposed that will create a Community Hub for Bedale and will provide a wide range of local services and a community café all under one roof!
A steering group has been set up, made up of members of the local community to discuss ways to fill the gaps in service provision that have arisen due to recent cuts from Government within Adult Health and Community Services. The group feel that local people are missing out on vital services and support and are worried about the future; so have come up with an idea to set up a Social Enterprise (non profit organisation) within the local community.
The group’s aim is to establish a ‘Community Hub’ in Bedale where people can come together to socialise, volunteer and take part in activities in one central place that is modern and inclusive to all.
As well as creating a number of jobs for local people; with the project being a 'Social Enterprise' non profit organisation, monies raised will be plumbed back into the community and into the centre!
The centre will encompass a huge variety of services which can be viewed here:
and will be available for older people, families, young people and children alike to be able to gain good quality services and access educational facilities and groups at a reasonable cost.
The group have already secured a small amount of funding and the next step forward is to collect community feedback to prove to the council that the centre is needed and will be used in the ways intended.
The Community Development Group are asking local people to please complete their Community Consultation questionnaire in order to gauge public response to the plans and to gather ideas and information about what local people want. The consultation will then form the foundation for their business plan and bids for funding going forwards.
The consultations are anonymous and available throughout February. You can view and print the Community Consultation here:
They can be also obtained and returned to collection boxes in:
• TIC Bedale Community Hall
• Bedale Doctors Surgery
• Masham Community Office
• Garners Vegetable Shop in Masham
• The Hive on RAF Leeming Camp / Celia Thompson
• Burneston C of E School
If you would like to know more about the project, to volunteer your services or to offer funding, you can contact Cllr Carol Clark 0770 2922941 or Elizabeth Todd 01765 688699.
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