I am Chief Executive of South Wye Development Trust Ltd. which runs The Kindle Centre at the heart of the South Wye community attached to the local ASDA Superstore.
We are part of a powerful local partnership that includes local community groups, businesses, educators and councillors.
The areas in which we operate are a mixture of densely or over-populated communities facing high rates of unemployment and crime with an ageing housing stock, a lack of essential public services and long established generational and cultural divides.
Our mission as an organisation is to improve the quality of life for people living in our area, to enable them to raise their aspirations and reach their full potential. Our core business at The Kindle Centre is letting out rooms for meetings and conferencing as well as having two permanently let offices.
Around a thousand people pass through our building every week. These people range from the local authority, the PCT, local training providers and support groups. Our building can support a neighbourhood AA group on a Monday or be a mosque on a Friday, thus playing home to varied and vital groups that make up and serve the fabric of our community.