Community Project

A Brief History

It was towards the end of the 1980s that the leaders of St Philip's Church felt the need for the church to be more involved in the local community. Ros Haines, a Church Army captain was appointed Community Worker in February 1990. During her time in post a 'Bumps and Babes' group was started in the Church Centre for mothers and very young children. It wasn't long before this had grown too big and a second group was started to cater for this It also served to prevent the very little ones being knocked over by the 4 year old heavies. You could now be too old for one of the church groups at the age of 18 months! A group for older people to chat over a cup of coffee was also started in the local library.

Ros left in 1993 and Nigel & Pip Cox took up the baton in 1994. Their time at the church saw the toddlers groups continuing to grow in size and numbers.

A child contact centre was started in 1995 allowing some estranged parents who were unable to have contact with their children to do so. This has continued running on a weekly basis ever since.

Another opportunity which opened up - in 1996 - was 'Shape Up' This is an aerobic group which offers help in getting a bit fitter and losing some weight without having to be super-fit or super-thin or spending a fortune. It also provides a good meeting point and the opportunity to support one another with things of concern.

In 1998 a Charitable Trust was set up to oversee the work of the project and be a channel through which the necessary funds could be raised. The St Philip's Church Community Project Trust is a registered charity No 1073853

In 2000 Tim Hulbert took over as our full-time Community Worker. He continued and developed the projects that were started and, working with Sure Start embarked on some new ones.

One of the Toddlers groups has stopped meeting in order to make room for 'Sure Tots' - an opportunity for pre-school children to develop balance and co-ordination skills while having fun with their parents.

Toddlers now finishes with healthy eating lunch once a month enabling parents and children to eat together, to try out new flavours and to have a go at cooking something different.

An evening circuit class was added to the daytime aerobics one offered by Shape Up

Although Tim left the paid post in 2007 he has continued to lead this evening class and all the other groups are continuing led by volunteers.

Discover more about these activities by visiting our Families page.



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