A new community facility in Fraserburgh which to help local people to get the support they need, when they need it, will be officially opened on Wednesday, May 27.
The Here For You Centre has been developed with a range of community planning partners who work in the Fraserburgh area, supporting people in the community to develop skills, access services and gain experience so they can realise their full potential.
Aberdeenshire Council is happy to support this initiative which will provide help for people in FraserburghCllr Peter Argyle
The new facility will host a number of services and opportunities and is being supported by Aberdeenshire Council, Scottish Government and the Lottery.
It will include access low cost, good quality fruit and vegetables, information and advice services and a computer suite which will be available for use free of charge.
The Here For You Centre will operate out of two premises.
The main centre will be based in 48 Broad Street, with another centre at 17 Saltoun Square.
The Broad Street unit will be an information, advice and skills hub relating to work experience, retail skills and digital skills.
Meanwhile, the unit on Saltoun Square will be a recruitment and training hub to deliver employability programmes and support local business with their recruitment.
The centre will be opened by local people who live in the Fraserburgh area in recognition of their achievements within the community, particularly for helping others.
The programme for the open day will include a free buffet, information market place, a range of activities and entertainment.
Commenting, Here for You worker Ricky said: “It’s great to be part of this fantastic project, which will benefit all of the community with the Centre supplying a good range of much needed services is not only logical, but is exactly what the people are needing.
“I suppose you could say we are a “One Stop Shop” that will try and help change the lives of all of the people.”
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Cllr Peter Argyle said: “Aberdeenshire Council is happy to support this initiative which will provide help for people in Fraserburgh.
“The aim is to make sure the most vulnerable people can access services and get accredited advice, information, support and training appropriate to their needs and circumstances.
“The centre is a partnership of nine organisations experienced in helping people who face challenging circumstances.”
The nine organisations involved in the project are: Banff and Buchan CAB; NESCU; Lifeskills; Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action; CFINE; Aberdeen Foyer; Fraserburgh Development Trust – Here for You Partnership; Aberdeenshire Council; Job Centre Plus; Grampian Housing (Smart Project).
Chief Officer of Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action David Rodger commented: “Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action are looking forward to this new facility opening in Fraserburgh and the valuable opportunities that the centre will generate for us to meet and engage with people in an accessible and pleasant environment in a very convenient town centre location.
“We also recognise the benefit of a range of different support services being co-located making it easier for us all to work positively and effectively together to the advantage of the people who will visit the centre seeking help and support.”