New home for Richmond's information centre
Richmond’s information centre is moving home!
The volunteer run centre, which provides resources for both locals and visitors, will reopen in the town’s Market Hall once coronavirus restrictions permit.
The fit out at the new location is being aided by a grant from the District Council’s Community Investment Fund. Councillors awarded the scheme £4,892 to cover storage, desks and new leaflet racks.
The £300,000 Community Investment Fund scheme funds community and social projects to improve facilities for local people.
For the past five years the facility has been based in the town’s library, but the move will improve accessibility to the public and increase the space ten-fold.
Nick Reckert, one of the volunteer coordinators of the centre says: “The new centre will be about ten times larger which will give us much greater scope for publicising the area to visitors and serving the needs of local people too. We can also open seven days a week. It is a very exciting move for us.”
The organisation is supported by almost 30 helpers who act as ambassadors for Richmond and the Dales. It receives no regular external funding and raises the money it needs to provide its services by creating and marketing various publications and guides.
The new centre has also received funding from Richmond Town Council, North Yorkshire County Council, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Richmond Rotary Club.