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The Women's Have a Go Group
Grab a Coat, Leave a Coat Campaign
Throughout key community projects in Wellingborough, Victoria Centre is please to be apart of the Grab a Coat, Leave a Coat Campaign. If you have a spare coat at home that could be useful for someone caught in the rain, or needs a coat but may not be able to afford a new one. Feel free to pop in to Victoria Centre to add to our rail.
We are delighted to have received funding from the Skipton Building Society to create a garden area on the Ranelagh Road side of the building. This will give children an opportunity to get their hands dirty and get to grips with growing and nature. Work should be completed by the end of the Easter holidays.
Tesco’s have funded a pilot project, to provide nutritional meals for our preschool children. They have also helped by donating surplus food for us to use across departments, and very kindly funded the Christmas dinner which was enjoyed by our Friendship Club (over 50’s).
We have received funding from the Santander Discovery Foundation to fund Functional English Classes.
We have also received funding from the ESF Skills Funding Agency (Futures) to provide a course called ‘English for Employment’ to support people to improve their English while learning how to write C.V.s and employment related tasks.
Our Youth Club is funded by the Northamptonshire Community Foundation. We are working in partnership with Service Six on this project, who are doing a great job of providing excellent activities for young people.
We have received funding from the Green Hall Foundation for a new cooker in the Bailey Kitchen, and a grant from the Rank Foundation (small pebbles) towards a new front door.
We recently secured funding from Lottery Celebrate to hold a Diversity Day, which we hope to hold in Castle Fields Park in August… watch this space!
Our Information Centre for New Arrivals continues to provide much needed support to people who are new to the area and are often facing complex issues. This need has been recognised by Wellingborough Borough Council, who will be contributing towards this work over the next two years from April 2016.
The Women Have a Go group is currently funded by the Helen Jean Cope Charity, emphasis of the group is to 'Reuse, Repair and Recycle'. This project continues to support women in making the most of textile resources in times of financial hardship. The women enjoy creating while making friends. New members are always welcome.
The Friendship Club, for older people, is currently funded by the Maud Elkington Charitable Trust. The group enjoy a wide range of activities and are always looking for new members!
Thank you to all those who support Victoria Centre and our activities
Women Have a Go group
The Women Have a Go group are an Arts and Textiles group who meet on Thursdays 10am - 12 at the centre. This group gives women a safe place to go to make new friends and make a contribution to the community.
In recent years the group have designed and made the `Victoria Centre Celebration Quilt' in celebration of the centre's 30 years of service to the community, and then were commissioned by Wellingborough Interfaith Group to make a drape depicting symbols of various faiths.
The group designed and made a quilt which was entered into the `Gift of Quilts’ initiative and will made Pennants with Victoria Centre childcare to donate to ‘Quilts4London’, in celebration of the London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012. Making a contribution to the Olympics 2012 is an historical milestone that will be marked in Victoria Centre's history.
The Friendship Club meet at Victoria Centre on Wednesday afternoons 2pm - 3.30pm. This is a group for the over 50's who meet socially and take part in a wide range of activities such as Bingo, games, show and tell etc. Many of the members attend the Luncheon Club at 12.30pm and enjoy a two-course meal for £3.20 and then stay for the Friendship Club. New members are always welcome so feel free to come along!