Mayor Houchen
Rebecca Wayman

Tees Valley Mayor says local community centre is 'improving residential life and business'

Mayor Ben Houchen has visited a Tees Valley community centre and trust which are said to be improving the quality of life for residents and supporting local businesses.

The Annexe, in the Dyke House area of Hartlepool, was formed nearly 30 years ago, and is run by The Wharton Trust.

The trust is focused on reducing the effects of poverty and worklessness on local people, with the centre running a series of clubs, services and classes to support access to employment and healthier lifestyles.

Houchen said: “The Wharton Trust undoubtedly does great things at the Annexe for the people living in the Dyke House area and beyond. Its dedicated workers are improving the day-to-day lives of everyone living here.

“It goes much, much further than simply providing support services, though, to subjects close to my heart.

“What we’re seeing here is grassroots change in communities, empowering people to take charge of their own destinies, creating entrepreneurs and SMEs in an area that will benefit from them the most.”

Hundreds are said to benefit from the work of the Annexe and trust, which has four trustees, eight employees and practical backing from service users and residents.

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