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Move fear for centre

A PLEA has been made for a suitable building to enable a women’s centre to stay in Bognor Regis.


The lack of sufficient space is forcing My Sisters’ House to consider leaving the town where it was started by its chief executive, Julie Budge.


Mrs Budge used the Bognor Regis annual electors’ meeting on Monday to highlight the plight of the community interest company.


“I do not want to move My Sisters’ House to Chichester or Littlehampton because I have grown it here,” she said. “But we can’t find space which fits us.


“We are working out of four different spaces. I want to keep My Sister’s House in Bognor Regis. But, if I can’t keep it here, I will move it out.”


She highlighted an empty commercial building in Shripney Road with 2,500sq ft both of office space and commercial space.


“That would not be just for us but for three to five charities together in a space of that size,” she said.


Backing My Sister’s House would also keep jobs in Bognor Regis as well as supporting community organisations.


She made her plea to West Sussex County Council leader Louise Goldsmith, who was guest speaker at the meeting, and Cllr Stephen Reynolds, town mayor of Bognor Regis.


Cllr Mrs Goldsmith said: “We have looked at several sites but none have fitted the bill.”


These included county council-owned locations in Selsey and Littlehampton.


“I will take this back and we will work with you. This is one of those things we have to work together on,” she said. “If Bognor Regis Town Council has a look, who knows what could happen?”


Cllr Mrs Goldsmith praised the work of My Sister’s House, which she has visited. “We need people like Julie in our community,” she added.


My Sister’s House has its main premises in London Road and has helped 750 women in the past three years.


As reported, it was awarded a £370,850 grant from the National Lottery earlier this month. It helps women in abusive situations and also holds enterprise and self-confidence courses.

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