Young People Guernsey receives for peppercorn rent from Long Port The Hub centre for children in need

August 20th, 2012 by Young People Guernsey

Young People Guernsey (YPG) has received a huge donation from Long Port, the local property group, which has arranged lease terms with the charity, such that it will have a location for its ground-breaking Centre with a rent of just £1 per year for up to the next ten years.

The Centre will be based at 7 Cour de Bordier in St. Peter Port and will be called The Hub.

Charles Billson, Chairman of the Long Port Group, said “we are delighted to support YPG in this way. The charity has commissioned Barnardo’s to provide an information, advice and guidance service for young teens from their Centre, and it clearly needs a good location from which to deliver this.”

“In providing such lease terms to the charity, we know that we are allowing the charity to plan forward, and have assured it that whilst it can raise the funding to deliver the service, then we will provide the charity with a location.”

“YPG’s partnership with Barnardo’s can make a real difference to the young people of the island and we need to ensure that this becomes a sustainable resource,” he said.

Jane St. Pier, the Chair of YPG, said “it is hard for us to explain quite how valuable this support is to the charity. Not only is The Hub light, spacious and ideally placed in town, but the generosity of Long Port’s terms mean that we can direct the funds we have raised towards delivering the service rather than paying rent.”

“We have raised £145,000 to date which equates to about 18 months of running costs. In addition to the actual space, Long Port have project managed all of the improvements and internal alterations that the charity needed and have essentially delivered us the keys to a bespoke centre at no cost. We are sincerely grateful to them for their support,” she said.

“Having proved that there is an appetite to support this project, we now need to secure the viability of the project going forward and long-term support such as this allows us to budget for the future.”

Long Port and YPG are also grateful to the Advocates at Mourant Ozannes and Carey Olsen who provided free legal services regarding the drawing up of the lease for the site.

The Hub will be formally opened on 7 September 2012, by Lynda Walker (YPG Patron) and Anne Marie Carrie, Chief Executive, Barnardo’s.

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