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Northwards Housing opens cafe in Manchester

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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Northwards Housing has transformed a community centre which closed due to council budget cuts into a café.

The Eric Hobin Centre, on the ground floor of a retirement scheme in north Manchester, closed last year after Manchester City Council said it could no longer afford to keep open the day centre for vulnerable adults, which also included a professional kitchen.

Northwards Housing collaborated with sisters Noreen Boyle and Mandy Caveney (photo), who run Freshfields Deli in Crumpsall.

Mike Stevens, director of neighbourhood services at Northwards, said: "We’ve worked closely with Manchester City Council to get the Eric Hobin Centre back into use. The new café will be a brilliant meeting place for local people. But local people need to use the facility or it won’t be viable for us to keep it open."

The new café opened at the start of this month with a ceremony which was attended by Betty Hobin, the widow of the councillor who gave his name to the centre.

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