Police base gets new dual use

PCSO Keith Russell, community beat manager Ian Hill and PCSO Lisa Dennett at the opening of Police Neighbourhood Office in Marsh Mill.
PCSO Keith Russell, community beat manager Ian Hill and PCSO Lisa Dennett at the opening of Police Neighbourhood Office in Marsh Mill.
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A COMMUNITY police base will be used as a centre for volunteer groups.

From next month, Thornton Police Neighbourhood Office in Marsh Mill, will expand to become a hub for community activity.

Wyre Together is working with Lancashire Constabulary to develop the building into a partnership office.

Members will promote their work, meet local residents and provide a presence in the Thornton area for a three month trial period.

If the scheme is successful it could become a permanent fixture in Wyre.

Manager Jane Williams, believes the project will be a triumph.

She said: “This will provide Thornton with a focal point and will also strengthen partnership working.

“Volunteering is such an important aspect of community living and this office will offer a great venue for volunteers and also a great place for members of the public to drop in.”

A series of events and workshops will take place over the next few months.

On Monday September 5 the police building will open as a partnership office, followed by a mini event on volunteering on September 19.

Partners offering advice and assistance will be available on October 3, 17 and 31.

In November, an event on money matters offering advice on debt and benefits funding will be held from 10am to 4pm.

This will be followed by another event on November 28.

Wyre Together is a partnership of more than 100 local groups working to meet the needs of the local community. Since its launch in June last year, membership has increased from 48 groups to 106.