People, Place and Presence
26 April 2018 IN: Parish News
People, Place and Presence transforms lives in Ashton by tackling deep-seated poverty and bringing different ethnic groups together by providing a range of affordable community services.
The project aims to develop a safe, welcoming space at the Holy Trinity Community Centre that is a symbol of hope, cohesion and opportunity. It offers activities seven days a week where people are welcomed whatever their culture, and trains people to build on their strengths and replace dependency with resilience.
Many local residents have poor physical and mental health or a disability. The Centre seeks to support them by running healthy living and self-help events, including lunch clubs and weight watchers. In an area where hate crime is common, events are organised to bring the community together. A high proportion of residents are lone parents living in social housing, without any support networks. The Centre tackles social isolation and works with women to help them prepare their children for school.
Team Rector, Revd Roger Farnworth said, “Ashton has felt keenly the cuts to local services. Our project is funded by the Big Lottery which provides £366k over three years. Our projects are empowering local, isolated women to become more active citizens; improving self-esteem and life chances for local people; and promoting a more cohesive community by connecting people to tackle their own problems.”
Holy Trinity Community Centre hosts a range of groups including youth clubs, martial arts, lunch clubs, exercise classes, ESOL café, and IT training.