A CHARITY is launching a hub in an indoor market intending to become a 'focus point' for the town's community.

Community Solutions, an Ulverston-based charity that aims to reconnect members of the community through a range of social circle support groups, is launching The Hive.

The project is a community hub in the town's indoor market where they can host their groups' activities, including the Bike Project which lost its base at the town's closed library, and hosting regular lunchtime friendship sessions.

"We want the space to be open to other community groups in the area and give other organisations a place to promote themselves in a prominent town centre location," said Alasdair Wilkinson-Marsh of Community Solutions.

"The Hive will also hold exhibitions and displays by local artists themed around town events both current and historic. We hope by doing so The Hive will become a focus point for Ulverston’s community.

"The Hive can be available for other groups and organisations to collaborate with us and use a prominent town centre location to promote what they do."

The charity is holding a soft opening at noon on Saturday, May 11 and the official opening is on Monday, May 13.

He explained that the closure of the library had a massive impact on his charity.

He said: "This will be the first time we have been able to run the bike project since the library shut.

"Westmorland and Furness council are offering me the stall at a subsidised rent to help bring a community focus point back to the town.

"The Hive is officially endorsed by Ulverston Town Council."

The Hive will be open from 1pm to 5pm excluding Wednesdays and Sundays.

The Bike project will be run on Tuesdays for pay-what-you-can-afford sales and minor repairs by qualified mechanics, the lunchtime friendship group on Mondays and Thursdays and the after-school kids activities from 4pm to 5pm.

For more information contact Community Solutions here