A new Carers’ Resource Centre is to be created in Bolton.
The centre will be situated on the first floor of Thicketford House, in Tonge Moor, and will bring together key services for local carers in one location.
Thicketford House, soon to become Thicketford Centre, is already home to Active Ageing, based on the ground floor, which offers a programme of physical and arts-based activities for older residents.
As part of the development, which starts later this month, the first floor will be transformed into office space for carer organisations and a suite of meeting rooms for carers and groups to use.
From June, organisations such as Crossroads, Bolton Carers Support and Bolton’s Dementia Support Group will be based at the centre, offering a single point of contact for the town’s carers.
Work will commence on March 15 and should be completed by the end of May, and Bolton Council has selected Bolton firm BSS Construction Ltd to carry out the work.
The active ageing services are expected to continue to run as normal while the work is being carried out.
Councillor Elaine Sherrington, Executive Member for Adult and Community Services said: "Historically, carers' groups who rely on volunteer support and fundraising struggle to maintain momentum due to lack of funds and a lack of meeting space.
“The creation of this designated Carers’ Resource Centre will offer a much needed central resource for them all and, together with the Active Ageing Centre, Thicketford will become a key location for harder to reach groups and individuals.”