Fusion Credit Union keen to extend deal to manage Lichfield’s Jigsaw community hub

The future of the Jigsaw Community Hub could move a step closer to being secured when the issue is discussed at a meeting of Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet.

Fusion Credit Union's Peter Selwyn and Colin Greatorex at the Jigsaw hub in 2014

Fusion Credit Union’s Peter Selwyn and Colin Greatorex at the Jigsaw hub in 2014

The facility has been managed by Fusion Credit Union since 2014 under a Grant Funding Agreement with the local authority.

This deal is due to expire in March 2016, but could be extended if approved by the council.

Cllr Doug Pullen

Cllr Doug Pullen

A report from Cllr Doug Pullen, Cabinet member for community, said: “Since taking over the management of Jigsaw, Fusion Credit Union has effectively maintained the community hub and delivered some improvements.

“Jigsaw is now open six days a week and is available for more hours a week. The North Lichfield Initiative volunteers are staffing the front desk and signposting the general public.

“Seventeen local groups continue to use the meeting room for a variety of purposes.”

According to council figures, around 120 people a month use the drop in facilities.

A spokesperson for Fusion Credit Union said the hub was becoming a key focal point in the local community: “Several mothers now ‘pop in’ to Jigsaw once they have taken their children to school – they regard Fusion Credit Union as their ‘local bank’.

“Our working hours are much longer than the Jigsaw volunteers’ hours and more regular. This has resulted in Jigsaw being available as a community hub for more hours per week, than previously.

“We deal with all queries from the general public when the North Lichfield Initiative volunteers have left or are not there.”

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