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Church opens new parish help centre in Doncaster

Father Bernard O'Brien, of St.Paul's joins volunteer Mary Spivey and customer Nicola Sheratt for a cuppa at the opening of the Neigbourhood Centre, Cantley.Picture: Marie Caley

Father Bernard O'Brien, of St.Paul's joins volunteer Mary Spivey and customer Nicola Sheratt for a cuppa at the opening of the Neigbourhood Centre, Cantley.Picture: Marie Caley

An empty shop on a Doncaster estate has been taken over by a nearby church to provide a new Neighbourhood Centre.

The centre, on St Wilfrid’s Court, off Goodison Boulevard in Cantley, is rented from Doncaster Council and is now being run by volunteers from St Paul’s RC Church.

It will provide a much-needed facility for people living in Cantley, Bessacarr and neighbouring districts.

The centre is open between 10am and 2pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, and will offer services to help people cope with the challenges faced in the current climate of financial constraints and social need.

People can drop in for a cup of tea and a chat and check-out the ‘new-to-you’ clothing and other items at affordable prices.

Citizens Advice Bureau–trained volunteers will be there two days a week and Doncaster Health and Well-Being Board will also attend to provide information about health issues and lifestyle advice.

Emyr Jones, Parish Chair, said: “We have become aware of significant areas of unmet need in our neighbourhood community. Opening and staffing this centre is our effort to try to go some way to meeting this need.”

It is anticipated that in the future there will be other services available at the Neighbourhood Centre, including advice for those seeking employment.

 

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