Old court build­ing gets cut­ting

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Comings And Goings - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­group.co.uk The for­mer Ash­ford mag­is­trates’ court will soon have a new lease of life, with re­fur­bish­ment work now un­der way.

Young peo­ple’s char­ity CXK was granted per­mis­sion to turn the Tufton Street build­ing into its new head­quar­ters last Novem­ber.

CXK, for­merly Con­nex­ions, works with pub­lic, pri­vate and char­ity part­ners, as well as schools and col­leges, to de­liver a range of ser­vices aimed at help­ing young peo­ple and fam­i­lies.

The for­mer mag­is­trates’ and county court build­ing, which is be­ing re­fur­bished by Maid­stone firm RAP In­te­rior, will of­fer a state of the art in­for­ma­tion and guid­ance ‘one-stop shop’ for the pub­lic.

CXK’s CEO Sean Kearns said: “We are all in­cred­i­bly ex­cited about hav­ing a mod­ern and per­ma­nent cen­tral base that will sup­port our teams.

“It will also give our ser­vice users a sin­gle point of ac­cess to all the sup­port ser­vices we of­fer.

“Our aim is to max­imise the po­ten­tial of all young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies through ad­vice

To dis­cuss the hire of meet­ing rooms and of­fice space, email stephen­bell@cxk.org or call 01233 645852 and guid­ance, pro­vid­ing them with the skills and the con­fi­dence to help them to progress.

“The open­ing of the new build­ing re­verses the re­cent trend that has seen many lo­cal ser­vices close for our client group.

“It is our aim to in­crease ac­ces­si­bil­ity to vi­tal ser­vices as part of our wider strat­egy to sup­port young peo­ple and fam­i­lies to max­imise their po­ten­tial.”

Once re­fur­bished, CXK’s clients will be able to ac­cess a range of ser­vices, in­clud­ing ca­reers guid­ance, men­tal health and well-be­ing ser­vices, as well as train­ing, lead­er­ship and de­vel­op­ment cour­ses for young peo­ple.

And the new base of op­er­a­tions will also fea­ture first-floor train­ing rooms and of­fice space, which can be hired out to other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

An artist’s im­pres­sions of the new CXK HQ based at the town’s for­mer court build­ing

The court build­ing in Tufton Street be­ing re­de­vel­oped

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