All Saints Centre opens new £40,000 kitchen
A Christian multi-purpose drop-in centre in the middle of Norwich saw the Bishop of Norwich open a £40,000 upgrade to its kitchen on April 28, 2007, so that it can continue to provide a cafe service to its range of clientele. It is also on the look-out for more volunteers.
The All Saints Centre is on Westlegate opposite John Lewis in Norwich. The building has been a centre of Christian worship and hospitality for over 600 years. It opened as an ecumenical drop-in centre in 1979 thanks to a lease from the Norwich Historic Churches Trust.
On Saturday April 28 the Bishop of Norwich opened the new kitchen with the Sheriff of Norwich also in attendance.
Chairman of trustees, Rev Barry Furness, who is stepping down after 12 years, said: "We are thrilled to bits with our new kitchen. It is amazing how much more room we have got to work in. Business has increased dramatically so we still need more helpers."
The kitchen will be opened in a ceremony which is also the Centre's AGM from 2pm on Saturday. More details on 01603 633726.
Administrative manager Trevor Scott said: "We needed to raise £40,000 to meet the cost our kitchen refurbishment, essential work needed to meet increased demands for our services and to comply with food hygiene regulations."
The All Saints Centre offers a coffee bar with light refreshments, toilet facilities, a charity shop, greeting cards, new and secondhand Christian books and a lending library, a Chapel and quiet area and a base for charity flag days. It is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sundays 12.30 to 4pm.
It also administers the Food for Thought voucher scheme to help the homeless.
The centre is a registered charity and a voluntary organisation run by a small team of professional managers with a daily rota of volunteer helpers.
Trevor and his small team are also on the look-out for more volunteers who can help for three hours a month or more to help in the centre.
"We are always in need of committed and dependable people to help with the coffee bar and charity shop and just talk to visitors," he said. "We are looking for volunteers who can collect books, magazines, CDs, plants etc to sell in the shop, host or publicise a fund-raising event, or just promote the centre. People can also help from home by praying or making or growing items to sell.