The St Nicolas Centre came about for several reasons
- St Nicolas is a growing church
- One of our main aims is to be “open to community“.
- In 2014 we were left a generous legacy by a long standing member of St Nicolas, Pat Dummer. As a result we saw the possibility of expanding the site at St Nicolas to increase the space available and the activities taking place. The “open door project” was born.
A large community survey identified some key themes
1.LONELINESS & ISOLATION
There are very few places that people can meet in Earley. The St Nicolas Centre is a fantastic place for people to come and meet one another.
2. THE NEED TO ACCESS SUPPORT FROM THE ORGANISATIONS WHICH OPERATE ON OUR SITE
Parents and carers of under school age children, young people coming in from school before parents are home, people working from home and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to feeling lonely or isolated.
3. IMPROVING A SENSE OF BELONGING ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE WHO FEEL MARGINALISED
The St Nicolas Centre provides rooms large and small and a central meeting area with a beautiful servery.
4. A PLACE WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE CAN FLOURISH
We have fantastic relationships with our two local primary schools. We have children and young people coming to St Nicolas every week. And we host REinspired, a great charity that enriches the RE lessons for thousands of children in our area every year. All of these things have been improved by the St Nicolas Centre.
“The St Nicolas Centre will be a community hub where people will be nurtured bodily and spiritually – finding help and friendship. The servery and activity rooms will be a welcoming and fit for purpose place for all ages, faiths and interests.”