Posted: March 2019
Now that the builders have gone, we are busy putting the finishes touches to our Church Welcome Project, so that all will be fully ready for the 4th May official opening. Apart from providing an attractive, accessible, town centre meeting place that offers a warm welcome and simple refreshments, another key aim was to provide 'a listening ear'.
This will be a safe, confidential service, offering a non-judgemental space where people can talk about what concerns them to a trained volunteer. The volunteer training for the 20 people who have offered their services starts next week on Tuesday, 18th March for the first of three groups. The final session for the last of the three groups is on Wednesday 3rd April. Information on how to access the service will be available by the official opening and will be publicised on this website and elsewhere.
The training is based on the work of the Acorn Trust. For more information about them, click here.
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