New community outreach clubs launch in Spennymoor

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The St Paul’s Centre has been awarded a grant of £10,000 to fund as series of new community projects aimed at supporting people disadvantaged by unemployment or social isolation.

The Spennymoor Area Action Partnership grant will fund a holiday club for local children in the summer holidays as well as a men’s breakfast club and ladies craft and tea club.

The holiday club will be aimed at young people aged 5-16 who have come into contact with the Centre via the local Foodbank. The idea is that children who receive Foodbank support will also receive additional hot meals during the school holidays as well as having the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities including musical theatre and games. The club will start on the first Wednesday of the school holidays, July 26th.

The ladies craft and afternoon tea club started on Tuesday 9th May at 2pm with the men’s breakfast club launching on Wednesday 10th May at 9.30am. Activities at the weekly groups include a book club, films, discussion groups, invited speakers, new age curling, crafts and gardening. Each club will be free to attend and last around two hours.

The Centre is working in partnership with Age UK, Hospital of God, Trinity Methodist Church, and the St Paul’s Church community garden scheme to deliver the new projects.

In additional to the clubs, a new Age UK monthly luncheon launched on Tuesday 2nd May at Trinity Methodist Church on Rosa Street. The lunch will cost £5 for two courses.

Maureen Aspey, chair of the St Paul’s Centre said: “These projects seek to enhance the life experiences of local people and is an initiative which will see different agencies and groups working together for the benefit of our community.”