Town’s advice hub marks its first 1,000 days

The Advice and Community Hub celebrated its doors being open for 1,000 days last week.

The St Leonards-based service marked the occasion by holding an event that was attended by council leader Jeremy Birch, chief inspector Paul Phelps, councillors from Hastings and Rother, and other organisations as well as staff and board members from each of the organisations.

The hub, based at Renaissance House, London Road, is home to Citizens Advice Bureau 1066 (CAB 1066), Hastings Advice Representative Centre (HARC), BHT Hastings Advice, and BHT Finding Futures.

The organisations work together to provide a one-stop shop for people with advice needs.

Since the hub opened in March 2011 it has welcomed 15,000 visitors from Hastings and Rother who are looking for advice on a range of issues such as housing, welfare and debt.

In the 1,000 days of the hub homelessness has been prevented or housing conditions improved for 974 people, clients have been helped with more than £16,500,000 of debt, 1,086 clients have been represented at benefit appeals with a 95 per cent success rate.

Cllr Birch said: “The hub is the first combined advice hub in the country bringing together housing and benefits advice and general advice all together in the same building, a real benefit for local people. The council is really pleased to support this innovative approach and to provide significant grant assistance. We congratulate the hub on its first 1,000 days and look forward to many more.”

Sarah Owen, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Hastings and Rye said: “It was great to join the 1,000th day celebrations of the hub.

“It is clear to see that their services are needed more than ever before.”

The hub is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm. Call 01424 721458.