The Meeting Place is dedicated to reducing loneliness and social isolation by offering “a place for all, time for all”. It is run by a group of people from the local churches and friends. We are independent of the churches, but work with them and value their support.
To enable people of all ages and situations to meet in the community, feel comfortable and supported, and to access effective information and advice where required.
This is a Coffee Shop with Community information three mornings a week throughout the year (Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays). Other agencies such as Hearing Champions and a local solicitor attend the Coffee Shop for consultations/information if required.
Through the Language Hub we offer reasonably priced classes (daytime and evening) for those whose first language is not English
We are local people helping to make a difference in the community.
Offering a safe and welcoming space with no pressure and no strings attached.
A listening ear, showing respect and acceptance in all circumstances.
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, Margaret Hibbert (Chairman), Val Lambert, Lee O’Mahony, Rob Stevens and Ian Taylor.