This will be a "one-stop-shop" hub for GPs, integrated health and care neighbourhood teams, library and housing services. Residents are invited to attend a walk-in event at Gorton Library on Garratt Way, on two dates in June:
Discussions are still taking place around the nature of the services that will be available at the hub, but the goal is to bring together a partnership of public sector organisations, including Manchester City Council, health and social care partners and housing, and One Manchester.
The purpose-built hub on Garrett Way would create an all-in-one resource for local people to access a range of health, social and public services in a single location that are currently delivered by several different providers. This will include moving the current Gorton library from its current site close-by to the new and improved facility. The existing library will remain open until the hub is completed to ensure a seamless transition.
Pulling together all of these services under one roof would make accessing different support networks much easier for local people and helps to maximise collaborative space within the new hub. The demolition of the vacant properties on Garratt Way (formerly Eastland Homes offices and a former pub) is already underway.
Executive Director of Place at One Manchester, Anna Bishop, spoke of her excitement over the project:
“We are excited to be involved in the hub and are looking forward to working with partners to provide a range of specialist support services for local residents. Working more closely in Gorton with health services, libraries and Manchester Adult Education Service will ensure we can connect our customers with a full range of opportunities and support services to improve their well being.
“As well as general customer service and housing advice, we will be providing employability services, including job search and careers advice, help with CVs and wider skills development and opportunities for work placements and volunteering.
"Residents interested in setting up their own business or social enterprise will benefit from access to qualified business advisors and business skills workshops and qualified staff will be on hand to deliver debt, money management and benefits advice.”
Residents will also be given the opportunity to comment through all of the planning process. A planning application is expected to be submitted in July, and work is due to start on site in late 2019 with completion expected in Spring 2021. Morgan Sindall has been appointed to the project as key contractor.
Cllr Nigel Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said:
“The hub in Gorton represents a unique opportunity to combine a rich mix of public services under one roof for the first time – allowing local people to access the services they need more easily.
“The hub, combined with other wide-ranging investment, is helping to transform the neighbourhood and, along with other developments including new affordable housing, Gorton is fast becoming a neighbourhood of choice.
"I'd really encourage as many local people as possible to pop down to one of the sessions to find out more about the hub and how Gorton is changing."
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