Drop-in centre for vulnerable in Bury needs new home after lease issues

Volunteers Sarah Bell and Josh Dear with manager Kate Evans and Beata Makowicz at the drop-in, which is temporarily based at the Unitarian Meeting House

Picture Mark Westley ANL-160217-170139009

Volunteers Sarah Bell and Josh Dear with manager Kate Evans and Beata Makowicz at the drop-in, which is temporarily based at the Unitarian Meeting House Picture Mark Westley ANL-160217-170139009

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A drop-in centre which supports people with learning disabilities is looking for a new town centre home after being forced to leave its base due to issues over its lease.

The Info Bar was based in part of Collingwood House in Whiting Street and bosses had been renegotiating a 12 month lease with the landlord.

Rebecca Steer, operations director at social enterprise Leading Lives which runs the drop in, said: “Negotiations were at an advanced stage and we understood we were very close to signing a new lease, and had incurred significant legal fees as part of the process. Unfortunately we learnt early this month that the landlord opted to secure a tenant for the whole site so, as a result, we were unable to secure a satisfactory new lease on the space.”

They were offered a ‘tenancy at will’ as a temporary arrangement but felt this ‘offered little security’.

As a temporary arrangement, they will provide the Info Bar service three mornings a week at the Unitarian Meeting House, in Churchgate Street, Bury on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Rebecca added: “This gives us the opportunity to work with the community to find a new town centre location, to review the service it provides for vulnerable adults and how we can improve this. We’re very appreciative of the support the local community has shown for the Info Bar.

“No other services provided by Leading Lives are affected by this.” Anyone who can help should email info@leadinglives.org.uk