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Preston disability centre granted rent reduction to help it survive

Posted on - 20th July, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Charities, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Pukar Disability Centre is based in Avenham Pic: Google
Pukar Disability Centre is based in Avenham Pic: Google

A Preston city centre charity which provides vital support for those with disabilities has been thrown a lifeline.

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Pukar Disability Centre has been serving the city for 18 years.

The charity, based in Avenham Lane, said it was facing closure due to financial difficulties.

Preston City Council’s cabinet, who own the buildings the charity operates from at Oakham court, has agreed to lower the rent.

Manager Younus Khan told Blog Preston: “Pukar has been providing much needed services for the community. We have supported people with disabilities and carers. Feedback about the services are positive.

“However, feedback from centre users and staff clearly states the need for improvements in heating as well as improvements to the centre. this will ensure we are able to provide a better service in a comfortable environment.

“This will also help with sustainability for Pukar, as Pukar does not receive any support from the councils.”

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Councillors were told during the meeting on 3 July: “Pukar will ultimately close if a rent reduction cannot be made. The organisation has already secured external funding from one source and are taking steps to reduce their staffing costs and increase further income/funding.”

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A spokeswoman for the city council said: “The council recognise the value that the Pukar disability centre offer the communities of Preston, and Cabinet approved the decision to support its work.”

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