Community centre’s leader stands down

Yak Patel outside Marsh Community Centre in Lancaster.
Yak Patel outside Marsh Community Centre in Lancaster.
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The man who has led Marsh Community Centre for 14 years is stepping down to take up a new challenge.

Yak Patel starts life as the new chief executive officer at Lancaster District Community and Voluntary Solutions (CVS) on Monday.

Based in The Cornerstone, Dalton Square, CVS supports charities across the district, providing guidance, funding and policies and helping with campaigning and advocacy.

A new centre manager for Marsh Community Centre is currently being appointed, and will take over the reins at an exciting time, with a £180,000 masterplan in place to transform the centre into a new community hub and skatepark.

Yak said: “That was an idea of mine and I wanted to see it through and so I am a bit disappointed that I won’t fulfill that but I think I have laid some great foundations with getting planning permission and getting people on board.

“We have worked incredibly hard to secure funding to keep the centre going, and there’s an excellent team of staff who will keep providing the services and support.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the local community and it really is down to everyone who I have met and had the privilege of working with.

“I have been here a long time and I will miss it. It was a difficult decision and not one I took lightly. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster since I handed my notice in.

“I have been overwhelmed by all the comments and messages I have had – it’s very touching and shows that people really care.

“I’m not going far and no doubt I’ll continue to support the Marsh Community Centre in my new role.”