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Sunday, 24 May 2015

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Prudhoe: Partnerships sheds more staff

ANOTHER member of staff is to go from Prudhoe Community Partnership as the organisation faces a financial squeeze.

Administrator Maggie Phillips, who has been with the partnership for nine years, is taking voluntary redundancy and is leaving at the end of the month.

The news comes after the departure of chief executive Yvonne Probert last month, after 10 years’ service.

Partnership chairman the Rev. Charles Hope explained sources of income and grant funding were becoming increasingly scarce and that staff restructuring was therefore essential.

“Through her dedication and commitment, Maggie has contributed hugely to the life of the partnership,” he said.

“She has been a constant presence at the front desk at the Info Point and has supported many organisations and meetings.

“It is sad to have to let her go, but the economic downturn is affecting everybody.”

Karen Whiteside is remaining as the partnership’s asset management and development officer and will be assisted by a new part-time building support and customer service officer.

Other responsibilities and roles will be taken on by trustees and volunteers.

“The partnership will continue to work for the regeneration of the town and locality and will find new ways of working with residents and other stakeholders on matters that affect the life of the area,” Mr Hope said.

“The Spetchells Centre building and everything else is secure.

“This is the final aspect of our staffing review.”