“We provide a wide range of services for the local community, including children’s activities, community outreach, Citizens Advice, a food bank, parenting courses and courses to aid the promotion of health and wellbeing.
Young children in the village are also invited to join our “Growing Minds” project, working in partnership with PEEPLE, Homestart and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The programme supports families from bump to age 5 getting children ready for further education. Each child that signs up receives a free monthly book delivered to their home, are invited to attend the weekly Peep Learning Together sessions, run by the Early Years Team at the centre and have 1:1 support available to them when they need it from our Family Services Coordinator. The Centre also provides open play sessions for “Bumps and Babies” and a “Stay and Play” for older children. The “Stay and Play” sessions attract approximately thirteen families per session. We run two “Stay and Play” sessions each week.
In addition to our regular weekly activities, we also host a range of seasonal activities throughout the year. For example, last year we had a summer BBQ and hosted a Halloween party.
Our community outreach activities include employability courses and IT literacy, supported by the local college. In the summer we provide Lawn games on the Church Green, this group moves into the Sports Centre throughout the winter months, ensuring continuity for the attendees, we run a monthly craft group and host women’s multicultural evenings twice monthly. These all have a strong community feel and regular attendance of around twelve to sixteen people.
We provide a weekly venue and staffing for the Community Larder, which enables families access to affordable food and helps the environment by reducing landfill waste.
Riverside Counselling use the centre daily to facilitate one to one counselling sessions for adults struggling with their mental health issues.
Finally, as we host Citizens Advice in the centre, their expertise is able to assist people with claiming benefits and working through any legal issues.”