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Lifecentre is on the move!

We caught up with Kim Gomes, our Operations Manager to find out more about Lifecentre’s new building in Chichester, why we’re moving and what this will mean for survivors.

This December, Lifecentre is moving into a new building in Chichester. We have been exploring the possibility of moving to bigger premises for the past few years, due to the continual increase in referrals we receive for counselling and our need for more office space for our office staff and fundraisers. Our new building will give us additional counselling and play therapy rooms to accommodate our growing waiting list in the Chichester area. Of our four counselling centres, Chichester remains our busiest and also serves as our head office. The more counselling rooms we have available, the more sessions we can offer each week. We will also have enough office space for all of our office team, fundraisers and Clinical Director to be on site on a daily basis when needed. This additional space will allow us to host our monthly team meetings, training events and give more space for our wonderful helpline volunteers.

Finding a new building proved a challenge, due to the needs of Lifecentre’s buildings. We need to be accessible by public transport, on a safe but discreet road, with enough space to accommodate the growth of our service. We believe that this new building will provide great benefits to the survivors and supporters who turn to us for help, giving them a comfortable, welcoming environment and shorter waiting times.

Throughout this process we have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support we have received from our local contractors. Upon hearing about Lifecentre’s work, and what this building will mean to so many people, all of our contractors have stepped up to help. They have shown extreme generosity, offering fantastic discounts and putting in extra time to meet our deadlines. We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of the businesses who have supported us in this project:

Luv Carpets LogoLuv Carpets – Josh has been so helpful and patient finding the right colour tiles for the whole 3 storey building ,they also donated the carpets for three stairwells!

Quality First DecoratorsQuality First Decorators Ltd – Simo has ensured a huge team has been available from the start. They have been so professional, putting in long hours to meet the tight deadline. Their painting has transformed the building from a dark run down building to a bright vibrant place at a hugely discounted cost.

Shannan Sykes at Inspire Gardens – Shannan came and transformed the garden: we couldn’t see the walls it was so over grown and in one day he removed all the over growth and huge trees. It looks amazing now!

Runcton Cleaning – Steve has been helping us get the place clean and ready for moving in. His company have been cleaning our current offices professionally for a few years now and they offer a thorough cleaning service.

Sun-X logo & royal warrantSun-x – James has helped us with blinds and privacy film on the windows, helping us keep the premises discreet but modern and light at the same time.

SCIP – Andrew the director of our IT company SCIP has been helping Lifecentre and other charities for years. Their professional service and advice has really helped us to be ready for the open day – ensuring IT security and support.

United Fire Extinguishers – Shaun has helped us keep our buildings fire safe for the last few years across all our sites. He has been very supportive, donating his time to help get the new premises up to health & safety regulation standards.

This move will mean a change to our running costs such as rent, lighting and heating. If you would like to support Lifecentre in this move, please do consider making a one-off donation or setting up a regular donation. This will make such a difference to how we can use this wonderful new building!

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