The Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove MP joined Wolverhampton North East MP Jane Stevenson on a visit to the Big Venture Centre in Fallings Park on Monday (25th April).
Mr Gove was in Wolverhampton working from his department’s new offices in the city centre, before visiting the community centre on Chesterton Road with Jane and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street.
They met with staff and volunteers who have been providing invaluable support to disadvantaged families and children who are struggling, particularly in the current economic climate.
Mr Gove also saw the new community shop which has opened, providing local families with surplus food, and tinned and fresh produce at a low cost. Centre manager Karen Trainer and colleagues then spoke to Mr Gove about the WV10 Consortium, a collection of local organisations including Big Venture Centre and Big Local who are partnering together to help people access different services and agencies.
Big Venture Centre has plans to expand its existing premises on Chesterton Road, so that it can help even more families in the area who need support.
Jane said: “I was delighted to welcome the Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove as well as West Midlands Mayor Andy Street to the Big Venture Centre, and to introduce them to the wonderful staff and volunteers who do so much for the local community.
“The help and support that Big Venture Centre provides, as well as its work within the WV10 Consortium, is absolutely invaluable. They are doing an amazing job, particularly in current times with rising energy and food costs due to global pressures.
“I know the Secretary of State was very impressed with what he learnt on the visit, and is fully supportive of projects such as the new community shop at the centre which is helping local people afford good quality, healthy food at low prices. I want to thank everyone at Big Venture Centre for the extraordinary work they do for Fallings Park and the wider community.”