26 October 2010,

Community Ventures Leeds LIFTCo - State-of-the-art £12m Joint Service Centre Opens its Doors to the Public

Residents in Chapeltown got their first glimpse of the £12m The Reginald Centre on Monday 18 October as it opened its doors to the public. The new state-of-the-art building will see health and council services working together under one roof.

The Reginald Centre, in the heart of Chapeltown, has been developed in partnership by Leeds City Council, NHS Leeds and Community Ventures Leeds. It brings local services closer to the community in a modern vibrant purpose built centre.

The Reginald Centre was given its name by two local residents as part of a naming competition held locally. Maxine Nichols and Barrington Riggon beat off over 100 other suggestions.

The Centre will house Leeds City Council's Customer Services team offering a one-stop service. Customers will be able to get help with Leeds City Council benefits, council tax enquiries, East North East Homes Leeds housing enquiries, social care, environment issues and all Leeds City Council enquiries. Customer Services staff can also provide advice and information on Leeds City Credit Union products and services. The centre is also home to the new look Chapeltown Library, which has relocated from its current location.

In addition, a Jobshop will be located at the centre providing advice on training and help with getting back to work.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Chair of North East (Inner) Area Committee says: "The Reginald Centre is a fantastic new facility for the people of Chapeltown. As well as making vital neighbourhood services easier for residents to access it will give a welcome boost to the local economy and add to Chapeltown's growing reputation. The opening of the centre complements the huge investment made by the Council along Chapeltown Road.

"The centre is an important part of the council's work to improve resident's access to key services and an excellent example of what can be achieved by working in partnership, being joint-funded and jointly run by Leeds City Council and Leeds NHS. Local ward Councillors and I look forward to welcoming the first residents through the doors on Monday morning into this fantastic new building."

Local residents can also access a range of health services, including health visiting, community midwifery and contraception and sexual health. Local GP services provided by Westfield Medical Practice are now provided in the new centre and a pharmacy is planned to be on site in the future.

John Lawlor, Chief Executive for NHS Leeds, adds: "I am delighted to see that all the hard work and planning that has gone into developing The Reginald Centre has paid off. We now have a fantastic new centre housing a number of key services that people can access closer to home. I want to thank everyone who has been involved in this project including local residents who I hope will be proud of The Reginald Centre."

Nigel Fenny, Chief Executive for Community Ventures Leeds, comments: "Community Ventures Leeds is proud to be working in partnership with Leeds City Council and NHS Leeds. This is the second Joint Service Centre developed in the city, the first being the Compton Centre which opened in Harehills in July of this year. We are particularly pleased that by creating the Reginald Centre the local communities are able to access a wide range of services within their locality."

The Reginald Centre is on Reginald Terrace, Chapeltown, LS7 3EX. Further information on The Reginald Centre can be found by visiting: www.leeds.gov.uk/reginaldcentre

Notes:

The Reginald Centre is one of two new joint service centres in the city: the other one is The Compton Centre in Harehills which opened in July 2010. Both centres have been provided by Community Ventures Leeds Limited, a public private partnership joint venture company jointly funded by Leeds City Council and NHS Leeds.

Leeds City Council services
• Customer Services providing the same help and advice as provided at the City Centre One Stop at 2 Great George Street. Staff will be happy to help with issues regarding all council benefits, council tax, East North East Homes Leeds housing enquiries, social care, environmental issues, information on Credit Union products and anything else regarding Leeds City Council.
• Chapeltown Library will relocate from its current premises.
• Advice on jobs and training at the Jobshop.
• Other services include the Environmental Action Team and East North East Area Management Team

NHS services
• Westfield Medical Practice providing GP services and a young people's drop in service.
• Services for children and families including the health visiting team, school nursing and community midwives.
• Other services include contraception and sexual health (CaSH), community diabetes service, primary care mental health team, sickle cell and thalassemia, tuberculosis (TB) liaison nursing service, speech and language therapy and language liaison.
• Specialist health services which are only available if you are referred to them by your healthcare professional. This includes the community dental service.

For further information please visit Community Ventures Leeds LIFTCo