One80 community hub established by Norwich church
A Norwich church has embarked upon a community project on the Larkman estate and has plans to use their new building for youth work, focusing on music and drama.
The One80 is a community project from The Potters House, a local Norwich church and registered charity. Basil Choudhry from the church said, “We've been based in Norwich since 1984 and have seen many lives completely transformed, but for many years we've wanted a permanent home for our youth and community activities.”
In June this year, the church bought what used to be called the Fourways Community Centre from Norwich City Council.
Basil said, “As soon as we saw the building we thought it would be the perfect home for our outreach and youth activities. It’s in the heart of the Larkman estate, where there are hundreds of young people crying out for opportunities to get involved.”
The church has named the building ‘the One80’, and it is intended to be a hub for church members and the local community. Basil explains, “The name comes from the 180º change in direction that we want to help people experience. In particular we want to help young people to expand their horizons through music and drama, within a Christian context.”
A team from the church spent a month refurbishing the building, including the outside area and the main hall. They have started holding weekly Christian music events and as the renovations are completed, One80 will host additional activities including parent and toddler mornings and youth groups. Basil said, “Our intention is to build out a hub for outreach, including a fully functional music production studio, weights training room and pool room.”
People can keep track of what’s going on at www.one80.uk