We already have lots of things going on at St Nicolas but our vision is to provide more spaces and new spaces where people can meet.
FAMILIES We want to build on our current activities for families. At present we have the Montessori Nursery every day in the hall and this will continue. Noahs Arc is a drop in mother and toddler group on a Monday morning and a Children’s bible study group meets on Tuesday evenings. In the design is a central meeting area where parents and carers can come and meet socially. We hope to provide activities such as parent support, after school clubs and holiday club as well as continuing to be a popular venue for parties and social occasions.
YOUNG PEOPLE We know there is a local issue about children and young people spending long hours at home on their own and on social media. Both parents often have to work in a family. We would like to provide space for children and young people to meet up or attend activities after school, in the evenings and at weekends, giving them opportunities for face-face relationships.
ADULTS In an area where many work from home we want to provide a space to relax, socialize or have meetings. Over 50s, Craft and Chat, Board games café, WI, Flower club, Mothers Union, Community Choir are all groups currently meeting at St Nicolas. Expanding the number of rooms, kitchen/ café and toilet facilities will enhance these activities and enable us to accommodate more. The elderly can be isolated and far from relatives and we hope to form partnerships with charities and organisations by providing a suitable venue for them.
WELLBEING AND MENTAL HEALTH The hall is an ideal space for exercise classes and yoga etc., helping us in our wellbeing. Having more rooms gives the opportunity for specialist activities such as counselling, debt advice, bereavement support, and marriage guidance. Wednesday space for people living with dementia and board games café are two new services we have started.
We are also in discussions with organisations supporting those with disabilities to make sure our new building is fully accessible to all.
We even have had puppy training!