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Tenants announced for Swansea’s Y Storfa community hub

Staff at the Careers Wales Swansea office.

Two respected services today announced that they plan to make their future homes in Swansea city centre’s emerging community hub Y Storfa.

They are the Swansea office of Careers Wales and the main base of Citizens Advice Swansea Neath Port Talbot.

They’re the first non-council services to be named as tenants in Oxford Street’s former BHS store. Council services due to be part of the public-friendly hub – just a short distance from bus stops, cycle routes and car parks – include a main public library and the West Glamorgan Archive Service.

Y Storfa, whose name was announced last week is due to open in the second half of next year.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: “It’ll be great to have these fantastic services as part of Y Storfa. They’ll be a perfect fit for this exciting new city centre location.”

Careers Wales provides careers guidance and coaching to help people to plan their career – and to find and apply for the right opportunities.

The Swansea Working Wales service will move from its current base in Grove Place to Y Storfa when the hub opens next year.

Careers Wales chief executive Nikki Lawrence said: “We’ll be delighted to be a part of Y Storfa when it opens; it’ll give customers access to vital public services, all in one place.

“In the meantime, we encourage people to visit our careers centre in Grove Place for careers advice and guidance and support with their next steps.”

Citizens Advice Swansea Neath Port Talbot offers free independent, confidential, impartial advice. The UK-wide service campaigns on big issues affecting people’s lives.

They plan to move to Y Storfa from their current offices when the hub opens.

Caroline Newman, of Citizens Advice Swansea Neath Port Talbot, said: “We’re delighted to be part of creating this Swansea city centre development. Our move to Y Storfa in the future will improve accessibility to our services in a modern facility, designed to meet the needs of our clients and staff.”

The community hub – being developed now – will offer a range of public services and useful resources. Other services planning to move there will be named in due course.