The Meeting Place has been supporting members of the Bookham community for 10 years. We believe that no-one should feel alone if they are experiencing loneliness or isolation and we are dedicated to helping people find support or advice where needed. Our approach is to provide a welcome for all with time for all. The Meeting Place is run by a committed and friendly group of people from the local churches and friends.
Our services include a coffee shop, language classes to those whose first language is not English, lip-reading classes, a telephone befriending service and a community fridge.
To find out more about each activity or to volunteer with us, please visit ‘what we do’.
To enable people of all ages and situations to meet in the community in an environment where they feel comfortable and supported, and to access effective information and advice where required.
We are local people dedicated to helping to make a difference in the community.
We value respect, acceptance of everyone in all circumstances, active listening, friendliness and caring. We offer a safe and welcoming space for all to feel comfortable.
We actively seek local partnerships to help us deliver our objectives. We purchase cakes for The Coffee Shop from The Grange Centre each week, and Wellers Hedleys Solicitors offer free, no obligation monthly drop-in legal advice sessions. We offer volunteer placements to young people from local schools completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The Board currently consists of Denise Bottomley, Elaine Crutchley, Kate Dove, Margaret Hibbert (Chairman), Val Lambert, David Ryder, Ian Taylor and Edna Woodhouse.