Fanfare launch for new one-stop services base

.Bulwell Riverside joint services centre
.Bulwell Riverside joint services centre

THE £23 million one-stop shop for community services in Bulwell will be given its official opening this week.

The Riverside Centre (pictured) on Coventry Road houses doctors’ surgeries, a base for Nottingham City Homes (NCH), youth clubs and the new Bulwell Library.

It has been up and running for several months but is yet to receive its fanfare launch.

Now Nottingham City Council has organised a special open day for Thursday (May 17).

Ceremonial duties will be carried out by the Sheriff of Nottingham, Coun Merlita Bryan (Lab), a member of the city council. A time capsule, including a copy of the Dispatch, will be buried.

Attractions will include sports taster-sessions in the attached youth centre, a teddy bears’ picnic in the library and a visit by a ‘book doctor’ offering reading recommendations.

There will also be information on services available from NCH, NHS Nottingham City and the council.

Coun Jon Collins (Lab), leader of the city council, said: “Bulwell Riverside, which is the city’s third and largest joint service centre, will be the hub of the community, offering a convenient single point of customer access to services.

“The library takes pride of place in the heart of the building, providing a lively shop front alongside a café with terrace views across the River Leen and Bulwell Bogs park.

“The new play-centre, with a natural creative play-garden and sports hall, recording studio and training kitchen, are intended to promote the health and wellbeing of Bulwell’s young people and families.”

Ros Yousef, a volunteer at Riverside, said: “It’s been great being involved in this centre, which gives residents easy local access to a number of services all under one roof. The Friends Group acts as the voice for citizens in Bulwell and it’s good that we’ve had the opportunity to be involved at every stage of the project and its operation.”