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28th Sep, 2021

The Pod in Charford officially opened after full revamp

THE CHARFORD cafe and community centre has been fully re-opened after a full revamp.

The Pod on Humphrey Avenue, formerly the Starlight Cafe, now has a professional standard kitchen and café area and a fully-equipped computer zone with free internet access.

The building, operated by Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (BDHT) is also a large training room, IT training area and newly renovated garden space.

Representatives from local organisations including West Mercia Police, Bromsgrove District Council, the Basement Project and Heart of Worcestershire College were all invited to a sneak peek of the centre to see all it has to offer.

Graeme Anderson, BDHT’s director of housing and communities, said: “It was really lovely to see so many people, who are so involved in our community, come along to support us in this venture.

“The Pod really is at the heart of the community and has been revamped to offer the best possible facilities for the people of Charford and Bromsgrove.

“We wanted to create somewhere that would serve as a central, relaxed meeting place for friends, community groups and clubs, as well as an IT hub and a learning zone.

“It really does offer all of these things and we encourage people to pop along and see for themselves.”

The centre offers help with budgeting, understanding Universal Credit and gives people the chance to learn a new skill.

CNT, BDHT’s IT partner, has donated new computers and is providing all its engineer time for free.

Courses are being provided by a range of local partners and include IT, literacy and numeracy, health and wellbeing, arts and crafts, and sign language.

Visit The Pod in Humphrey Avenue to find out more.


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