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The Yews handed over to community

West Sussex County Council has completed its first community asset transfer under its Big Society banner.

The Yews Community Centre, Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, has been formally handed over to The Yews (Haywards Heath) Community Partnership, made up of organisations including the Friends of the Yews, Mid Sussex South Council for Voluntary Service, Sussex Oakleaf and Action for Deafness – with support from Haywards Heath Town Council and Mid Sussex District Council.

The official handover of the centre took place on Saturday (October 1), when County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith unveiled a plaque marking the occasion.

Louise said: “This is a fantastic example of the Big Society – organisations working together to take over the running of a valuable asset for the community. This is a new and innovative model for the delivery of voluntary sector services in Haywards Heath to benefit the entire community.

“We’re working closely with the Community Partnership, and I’m sure the new model will prove a great success.

“We are hoping to encourage more community asset transfers as the Big Society agenda takes off.”

The Yews is a community centre for a wide range of voluntary groups and provides space for counsellors and advisors. These include groups for people with physical disabilities, groups for children and young people, and specialist groups.

To find out more, visit The Yews website at