IN PICTURES: New £4m Council centre unveiled

Published Thursday, 18th May 2017

A NEW multi-million pound centre which provides vital services for adults with disabilities and the local community has officially opened its doors in Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Council is behind the exciting project to create the new Hartlepool Centre for Independent Living (CIL) on the site of the Havelock Centre in the Burbank area of town.

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Sue Snowdon, the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, officially unveiled a plaque before an audience of civic guests, staff and people who use the service before going on a tour of the impressive building.

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The £4m development brings together a range of services aimed at improving the life chances of disabled people including Council services from the Havelock Centre and the Warren Road facility at Oakesway, which have transferred into the state-of-the-art new building.

A range of other organisations are also working in partnership with the Council to provide key services from the building including Tees Esk & Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust and Thirteen Group – the town’s biggest social housing provider.

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The building has also become home to a number of local providers including Incontrol-able - a community interest company providing support to disabled people - and the In Good Hands Project which provides support to people who have sight and hearing difficulties.

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The impressive three-floor building also boasts an events hall, training and meeting rooms, an ICT suite, cafe and spa pool with many of the facilities available for public hire.