PROVINCIAL PROJECTS 

 

        2005 ~ 2006  A project proposed by Council 267 - Sudbury

A day care centre for frail elderly people.under the patronage of three Churches. St.George's Catholic Church, St. Andrew's Church of England and Sudbury Methodist Church.  Each Church appoints four Trustees to the Charity of  whom one is their resident senior cleric. The Centre is run by a Manager Mrs K. Barrett M.B.E. a member of the  Parish   of St, George's. There is a full time Assistant Manager and a paid staff of fourteen mostly part time workers including care workers, drivers caterers and an administrator. There are also around one hundred volunteers who give their time at no cost to the centre.

The Centre runs three Ambulances to collect clients and take them home at the end of the day. These vehicles are also used on Sundays to bring the disabled to the Churches for Mass etc. Some time ago the Province provided half the cost of buying one of these ambulances from the proceeds of the walk. Now the Centre has asked us for help again either towards a replacement ambulance or for a new water main.

One hundred and twenty day care places are provided each week and the centre also has a luncheon club, a coffee/ snack bar, specialized bathing facilities, an advisory service, an outreach meals service to a local sheltered accommodation centre, various ancillary services such as chiropody and hairdressing, programme of activities and a subsidized annual holiday. Funding for sixty places is provided by the London Borough of Brent and the rest of the funding comes through the generosity of the local Churches and their members, local businesses, a thriving g Friends" organization and other bodies such as Co.267 of the K.S.C Despite all this there was a deficit of approximately 7000 last year.

Attached is a booklet issued to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Centre in which it can be seen that a grant from the Community Fund of the National Lottery together with grants from other Charities led to an expansion of the Centre and an upgrading of its facilities. One of the unresolved issues concerns the provision of adequate water pressure. The existing mains supply has proved to be inadequate for the enhanced bathing facilities and it is necessary to bring a fresh mains supply to the building. Costs are currently being sought but a sum well in excess of 15000 is likely. The Brothers of Council 267 warmly commend this community project to Province as its Action Project for 2006.

The representative of the Community Fund who attended the opening of the new facilities by H.R.H  the Duchess of Gloucester commented 'it would be difficult to imagine a better example of Ecumenical Co-operation for the benefit of a whole community than Sudbury Neighborhood Centre.

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        2006 ~ 2007  A project proposed by Council 267 - Sudbury

               St.Lukes Hospice   -   see website  www.stlukes-hospice.org

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               2007 ~ 2008  Province adopted the National Project

                                                                  The Samaritans Volunteers.   See National project.

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                                                          2009 ~ 2010 Allen Hall Seminary

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                                             2010 ~ 2011 Friends of Michael Sobell House

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