church, under the leadership of Geoff
and Annie Lawton
, has been based in the Thorpe St Andrew
community for over 15 years, more recently meeting at Thorpe High School
on a Sunday morning.
The opportunity has now arisen to create a drop-in centre to provide services to the local community in partnership with Thorpe Town Council
as a non-profit making community service.
- as it will be known - will be based in former shop premises on the corner of Spinney Road
and South Hill Road
and aims to provide a place where local people can drop-in to access services or meet up for a cup of coffee.
Team leader, Mike Hidden
, said: “There are lots of ideas for the sorts of services that could be provided but input is being invited from other community groups and individuals who would like to work in partnership with the Vineyard. Current ideas include coffee mornings and events aimed at particular groups of people. For example, if the focus were on the elderly, The Place could provide a space for them to meet and make friends, gather information and advice or access the internet.
“Parenting, reminiscence, literacy or similar groups, pampering and various other events could be offered. The idea is to build relationship with agencies and individuals who work in the community and to have space available to be used as a One Stop Shop, eg, Citizens Advice, Credit union,” said Mike.
“There are members of the church who can offer advice and expertise in some areas, eg health or safety, debt, bereavement and other forms of counselling.
Norwich Vineyard plans to work with Thorpe St Andrew Town Council and already has the support of Broadland District Council, working with the Community Safety Manager and Community Resilience Team.
“The main purpose of The Place is to serve and support the community, providing a safe and friendly environment,” said Mike.
Refurbishment of the former shop premises has started and if you are able to help with this venture in any way or would like to talk about services that could be provided, please contact Mike Hidden on 01603 435163 or 078 8400 5265.
Pictured top is a recent second-hand sale at Dussindale Community Centre which raised around £1000 to go towards The Place, an artist's impression of which is above.