Zink launches bid to open community hub

The Zink Project, which runs High Peak Food Bank, has launched an appeal to open a community hub to support families and individuals.

It will be for anyone in poverty, experiencing poor mental health or unemployment, particularly as a result of Covid.  

The charity has acquired a building in central Buxton and now needs to raise £80,000 for renovations.  

The new hub will include Zink’s current services, the food bank, advice to resolve issues that cause poverty and employability programmes to help people into work. 

Buxton Community Eco-Café, also run by Zink, will relocate to the hub and be open on a more regular basis. 

It will use food that is surplus in the supply chain to provide nourishing meals to all.  

As well as opening existing services in the hub, Zink also plans to run well-being services including alternative therapies, music therapy, events and activities, a job agency, an enterprise area for people who want to become self-employed, a book exchange, an upcycling project and regular events that bring people together. 

Paul Bohan (pictured), CEO at Zink said: “The hub will be a welcoming place for all, providing services that meet community need at the time. 

“At the moment, the main aims have to be to address unemployment, mental health and isolation as a result of Covid. 

“We have brought plans forward and are rushing to get the hub open this summer. 

“It’s a challenge, but with the help of the community I’m sure we can do it!” 

To donate to help get Zink Community Hub open and start supporting families as lockdowns ease this summer, visit www.localgiving.org/appeal/Zinkhub/ or post a cheque made payable to The Zink Project CIO, URC, Hardwick Square East, Buxton SK17 6PT.

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