NG Secures Admin HQ for Friary Drop-In at Musters Road

12th December 2011

NOTTINGHAM property experts NG Chartered Surveyors have brokered a deal to ensure the future of a valuable local resource for vulnerable people.

The Friary Drop-In, which offers welfare services and advice for homeless and unemployed people, is based in Musters Road, West Bridgford. It now has a new separate office location a few doors away on a five year joint lease.

Sunny Landa from NG, who acted on behalf of the landlord of the property at 34A Musters Road, said: “The Friary Drop-In helps change the lives of disadvantaged people in Nottingham. It was good to work with them on securing a new lease on their first office.

“The new office will be used by the Friary’s administration staff; they are the backbone of the centre and ensure all the core services run smoothly. The office will also give them a dedicated space to do all of the centre’s accounting, update personnel records, invoices, event management and staffing rotas.”

As faith-based organisation, everything The Friary Drop-In has achieved to date has been heavily reliant on grant funding. But as it moves forward it will have to be increasingly self-reliant and tasked with generating its own funding. Having a new office away from the public-facing part of the Drop-In will mean they can focus on this work, says the Friary’s business manager Sam Crawford.

Sam said: “We were able to negotiate favourable terms. We are a charity so every penny counts. We signed the tenancy as a cooperative with a local accountancy firm Collins Chapple. Approaching it this way really helped us to reduce the overall cost without compromising on assessing the right resources for the long-term benefit of the Friary Drop-In.”

Last year the Friary had over 17,000 visits. The drop in sessions run three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, which draw over 300 visitors.

The centre was launched in July 1988 to provide support, advice and friendship for residents in the now-demolished Musters Hotel or in temporary accommodation.

The Friary team offers practical help to people in need. Everything from advice with debt management, housing needs and health issues right through to access to hot food and clothing to people who find themselves in emergency situations.

There are also in-house GP services and drug counselling and a crèche so parents who need time for a one-to-one session don’t have to worry about child care.

Sam said: “One of the activities the new office will allow us to do is set volunteers up on fund raising missions. We get lots of donations from the community and items which are not suitable we sell on sites like eBay. Everything we raise is reinvested in the centre,” Sam explains. “We want to set up plans to do more work with the local Nottingham community so together we can help the most vulnerable people in the city. We are putting David Cameron’s Big Society campaign into practice.”

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