Newcastle Borough Council is currently carrying out a review of all its community centres across the borough. This does not mean the council is going to close down your community centre like in stoke so let’s be clear on that point. As you are more than likely aware councils are facing a financial squeeze imposed by central government. It is imperative that the Borough Council ensures services it delivers not only meet the needs of our communities but are also value for money.
The review will hopefully look at the following issues:
- Ensure all centres have an equal access to resources.
- Provide continuously improving community facilities and centres which meet local need and achieve the aspirations of neighbourhoods.
- Achieve management of buildings and centres by having agreed leases in place with all community centres by April 2013.
- Achieve a better quality of service by ensuring community centres are fit for purpose – this will be determined by use, user views, community aspirations and building quality.
- Develop capacity and maximise resources through increased support to volunteers and community centre management committees. This should help centres access external funding.
- Provide a more diverse range of activities being delivered from community centres.
- Explore transferring council assets to community groups where it is appropriate.
If you would like to take part in a survey that the council has set up regarding community centre usage please click the link below and fill out the online form. This will help a task group to understand what people use our centres for and what they would like to see improved. Your opinion and input is very much valued.
Councillor Kyle Robinson