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'Exciting' Westgate Street plans for new shop, workshop and youth club

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

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Kingfisher Treasure Seekers is moving to new premises in Westgate Street. Pictured from left to right, managing director Craig Tucker with Andy Davis, Jackid Valder and Joshua Hornsey

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‘EXCITING’ plans to create a new social club and workshop space for disadvantaged and vulnerable adults and teenagers have emerged for Westgate Street.

The popular Treasure Seekers shop in College Street, run by social enterprise firm Kingfisher Treasure Seekers, is set to relocate to a former gaming shop next to The Westgate bar within the next two months.

The relocation for the organisation means that it can expand across all three floors of the retail unit, a flat and an old social club.

They plan to run a bigger shop as well as creating a new social hub with a workshop space and a youth club in the basement.

Craig Tucker, manager director, said it was an ‘exciting step’ for the organisation. He said: “This building is deceptively spacious. It needs renovation, which has already started and in the coming months we will have the pleasure of sharing some of the new services that we will be offering.

“We hope to move the Treasure Seekers shop to its new location in the next two months. We will be converting the social club space into three areas, firstly a dedicated workshop space with lots of skills and creative workshops available, secondly a function room that will hold lots of great courses and have room for social space and finally the basement which we have a long term vision to turn into a youth venue.

“This is such an exciting step and we hope that people will join with us in celebrating the amazing provision of this wonderful space.”

Kingfisher Treasure Seekers was officially set up in 2012 to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable adults and teens. They provide work experience placements for disadvantaged and vulnerable adults and teens.

The organisation, which sells craft items, cards and even retro sweets, also runs a store in Stroud too.

The group has had a helping hand for its move with a donation of old furniture and fixtures from a KFC takeaway and volunteers have rallied around to help carry out some of the work.

City councillor Paul Toleman (C, Westgate) said: “It is great that they are moving to bigger and better premises. Anything that supports the community like this has got to be welcomed. It is very good news for them.”

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