The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Connecting Cross Gates Update

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My name is Karen Gray and I work 12 hours a week as a Community Development Manager. For a large part of last year I was unwell and unable to work. This brief article for the parish magazine is therefore my first for a while; there will be a longer version next time.

Pop up Hub
We have a number of ongoing initiatives but in this article I will concentrate on the ‘Pop up Hub'. It was very disappointing to lose our community space (at what was Godsons) 18 months ago, just as we were about to launch the drop in/information point project with a team of community volunteers.

But excitingly, Cross Gates Shopping Centre have recently agreed to provide (at no cost to us) the use of an un-let unit. We may have to move around regularly but the nomadic element seems almost symbolic. We do not have our own home but will ‘pop up' in different spaces ... this need for partnership grounds it firmly at the heart of the community.

We can re-launch the vision we had for an information/advice point and a safe space for a drop in to share needs. We will recruit and train volunteers to staff the new hub who will be available to offer basic signposting (to other services) and a listening ear ...Some will walk around the centre to chat to shoppers like a community chaplain. We can also use the space to make ‘Time to Talk' more accessible and to advertise church and community events in the window.

Karen Gray 07985 035125

Published Thu 20th Jul 2017 11:47:24
Last Modified on Thu 20th Jul 2017 11:47:24

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