Many cultures, one community

Oct 23 2009 - 9:17pm

Date Released: Fri, October 23, 2009

The Selby Trust has worked closely with its community tenants to transform a disused old council 1950s building into a thriving community centre, making real the motto of "Many cultures, one community."

Once a part of the Council, the Centre became independent as a charity to prevent Council led closure and loss of vital community services in 1992.

The popular Centre now attracts over 1500 people daily from Haringey's diverse communities. It is welll used by 100 community groups and local enterprises for over 20 years and is the 2nd largest community centre in the UK. Under one roof, local residents access employment advice, busienss support, guidance, training, HIV and health support, immigration and legal advice, community transport, citizenship classes, nursery, creche, help for disabled people, catering from Caribbean and Turkish communities and sports activities - to name but a few.

For many years, Centre staff have requested a lease extension so it can raise resources to reinvest in top class facilities for local people in White Hart Lane. Yet Haringey Council is now considering options to use Selby land for housing. Community groups and local residents are worrried at a time when low income families need the most help. At the Centre, 400 people are employed by its tenants, many of whom are local people.

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