* Important announcement from the Signpost Centre board of directors *

Signposts Services has been operating as a charity out of the Highfields Signpost Centre for 14 years. During this time we have been privileged to help the local community in many ways and be a safe space for people to gather. It is therefore with regret and sadness that we are relinquishing the running of the Signpost Centre at Highfields at the end of October 2020, and reducing the staff numbers working for Signposts Services due to funding challenges. Staff will be on site until then to answer queries, but during these last few weeks we will remain closed to the public.

Signposts Services will continue to serve the wider community of Staffordshire including Highfields through several of our ongoing projects, from an alternative base. These include Storehouse; delivering donated furniture to those in need, Crash; helping people with garden and house repair challenges, Information & Guidance; helping those needing to navigate the benefit system, Open house; seeking to reduce the isolation felt by many elderly people, and Food Bank; providing for those in need.

Although we are closing the centre at Highfields we are hopeful that the space will still be used to support the community and we are aware another group is already in discussion with the Borough Council to take on the building. We realise the new group will not be running the centre in the same manner as Signposts Services but we are hopeful they will be able to meet some of the community needs in Highfields.
We hope to organise a celebration of our achievement but because of current restrictions we are unsure what form that will take, if any. Updates may follow.

We are very grateful for the dedication and compassion of all the staff and volunteers at the Highfields Centre over many years and wish them every blessing in their future work.
Former volunteers are invited to call past from 9am to 2pm weekdays up until the end of October and retrieve any personal items or certificates which may have been left, please ring the doorbell and await attendance.

This is a sad time for us all, but we take solace in the difference we have made during our tenure.

Liz P, Neil, Jane, Liz D, Ashley, Gary, Charlie