Alsager Community Support Centre

In 2014, local residents would have noticed a new building arriving next to the church. It is a modular building and arrived in two parts by lorry and was crane lifted into position.

This was not the first local residents had heard of a building to appear on the unkempt land next to our building. We have gained funding thanks to the support of local people who voted for our project in a competion run by The Sentinal Newspaper who were offering money from the Big Lottery Fund. The fund was managed by Staffordshire Community Foundation.

 

Alsager Community Support Centre opened in January 2015 and we had our official opening  in late February with a special service of dedication which doubled as a rededication of our recently refurbished church building and coffee shop. MP Fiona Bruce cut the ribbon and a lunch enabled representatives of local agencies to network. This was just the beginning we wanted as partnership is an important value at the heart of what we are trying to do.

 

 

Help and Support

The Support Centre is staffed Monday to Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm  every week by volunteers to offer confidential, impartial and non-judgemental support and guidance and also signposting enquirers towards different services where they might receive help. It also serves as a contact point for these services as well.

Among the services we provide are a school uniform service, lost and found and new for 2017, a telephone befriending service and odd job service which we are working to get off the ground. 

   

A Citizen's Advice Bureau Help Desk is located in our reception and our team are being trained to help people access this. In addition, specialist advice agencies hold drop in session including a qualified CAB advisor who holds a drop in surgery every Tuesday morning, disability advice, Free Legal advice, advice for carers and those with Altzheimers and their carers. Also tax advice for seniors by appointment.

Also partnering with us is Alsager Caring Network, an initiative to foster parnership between different groups providing care and support to residents of Alsager. It seeks to create a framework for groups to work together, share ideas and resources and plug gaps in provision.

Foodbank

The centre will provide a permanent home for the foodbank allowing them to increase their stock and opening hours as well as improving their operating procedures.