Published: 17th Jul 2019

The unit that is being used in Kettering. The Open Doors project, which sees five empty shops across the country turned into community hubs, has gone live today (July 17). The year-long pilot will see five empty retail units in Stoke-on-Trent, Bradford, Rochford, Kettering and Slough taken over by community organisations offering a diverse range of services such as well-being classes, business support sessions and mentoring for social enterprises. It will be delivered by the Meanwhile Foundation, a volunteer-led charity set up in 2012 to harness expertise around utilising meanwhile spaces. They’ll work alongside their social enterprise arm, Meanwhile Space CIC, and the Ministry of Housing, Local Government and Communities (MGHLC) to tackle social problems linked to declining high streets such as crime, unemployment and loneliness. The spaces are available free of charge to local community groups. Applications to use the spaces are being accepted on … (To read the full article, subscribe below)