Community support hubs for Covid-related problems to be set up across Wakefield, Five Towns, Ossett and South Elmsall

A cluster of nine "community hubs" to help people with Covid-related issues are set to open in the coming weeks.

Thursday, 12th November 2020, 7:00 am
Ossett Town Hall, where one of the hubs will be based.

The hubs, which will be a run by a combination of Citizen's Advice, Wakefield Council and other organisations, will help members of the public with queries about debt, benefits, housing, jobs and mental health.

The hubs will be spread across the district and are likely to open before the end of the year, with information on opening times to be released at a later date.

Simon Topham, chief executive of Citizen's Advice's local branch, said anyone with a problem related to the pandemic was welcome to visit the hubs.

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Simon Topham, chief executive of Citizen's Advice in Wakefield.

He said: "I believe we'll be able to help everyone who comes to the hub in some small way at least, whatever their need.

"They will be made Covid secure places - we'll have Perspex screens, hand washing and other measures put in place to ensure people can visit safely.

"The hubs will bring together a multitude of services and so we'll be able to have the right people on hand to help."

Wakefield District Housing (WDH), the Department of Work and Pensions and counselling service Turning Point are among the other organisations involved in the scheme.

The nine locations for the hubs earmarked are:

The Mill, Castleford Heritage Centre

St Mary's Community Centre, Pontefract

Ossett Town Hall

St George's Community Centre, Lupset

St Swithun's Community Centre, Eastmoor

Westfield Centre, South Elmsall

Havercroft and Ryhill Community Centre,

Kellingley Club, Knottingley

Lightwaves Leisure Centre, Wakefield

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