My Community Matters

St Paul’s Centre Worthing Community Project

VAW has many hundreds of members and many more stakeholders – but none in my humble opinion, quite as beautiful as St Paul’s – run by a team of dedicated volunteers, a local charity called the St Paul’s Centre Worthing Community Project.

I am sure many of you have strong and endearing memories of St Paul’s Church, positioned in the very heart of sunny Worthing, a beautiful Grade II listed building on Chapel Road. My memories are based on attending various church services over the years as a Davison Girl. Now as partnerships manager at Voluntary Action Worthing, each week, I provide a drop-in on a Wednesday between 10.30 and 4pm in St Paul’s which is open to any local, not-for-profit organisation needing support or signposting.

St Paul’s has moved on too and provides a very different space as a vibrant community hub, with a café and bar and an exciting schedule of diverse events and live music, all in a stunning & unique setting. St Paul’s welcomes visitors from all walks of life, a place to relax with friends and family – a truly inter-generational space hosting some amazing art, and even a church service on a Sunday!

You may recall St Paul’s nearly closed a few years ago, but the community rallied round and St Paul’s adopted a new function.

What’s not to like I hear you ask?

Well, the volunteers who run the charity think that it could be even better – for you, the Worthing community.

Earlier this year, Voluntary Action Worthing and St Paul’s agreed to work together in a strategic partnership to identify how the space could be better used and to apply for grant funding to adapt the space based upon the needs of YOU, the local community. A consultation exercise started with the voluntary sector in March, and now it’s your turn to have a voice!

Win a fantastic meal for four at the beautiful St Paul’s by completing our on-line survey today!

To feedback your thoughts, and be in with a chance to win a fantastic prize of lunch for four at St Paul’s, complete our short on-line survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JZ88KZZ or pop into St Paul’s and complete a paper survey before 20 August whilst you tuck into some fabulous food…

Julie Hunt, Partnerships Manager

VAW is a local independent charity supporting the local voluntary sector. vaworthing.org.uk/partnerships/

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Getting to know you

This month we feature ESTEEM, a local charity that provides a platform for young people to help themselves.

Why is there a need?

ESTEEM was set up by Val Vizor, Chief Officer Cat’s mum, over 8 years ago to provide a platform for young people aged 14-26 years to help themselves on their journey to achieving employment and their own, true life goals. Volunteer opportunities and projects are designed to challenge participants so they can identify, develop and work towards their goals.

Volunteer Woody, aged 22, says “It gives me a reason, something to do every day, I get up early in the morning to come here. I am now the Office and Project Assistant and help run errands, answer the phone etc. The opportunity has helped me to develop new skills.”

As well as ESTEEM’s twice weekly Drop In on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm, there’s also regular climbing sessions and our mentoring scheme that recruits and trains mentors from the community, matching them with young people to support them in identifying and following their aspirations. We’ve also just launched a new project called Supper Club run in partnership with Southern Housing.

How can people get involved and help your organisation to do more?

We’ve just been awarded Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities grant of over £330,000 over the next 4 years, so it’s a really exciting time to get involved! As a growing organisation with lots going on, we are keen to invite members of the Shoreham and wider Adur and West Sussex communities to get involved.

Volunteering at ESTEEM means you can make a real difference at our charity while learning new skills, making friends and being a valued member of a team. We are also currently looking for Trustees to join the organisation to help lead and shape things during this exciting phase.

Chief Officer, Cat Vizor, says: “It’s a really exciting time here at ESTEEM and we’d love for Shoreham and greater Adur and West Sussex residents to come aboard and join us, whether it be through volunteering, mentoring or becoming a trustee. Come in for a cup of tea and a chat”

If you are interested please either pop in to the Esteem office at the Old School House on Ham Road, Shoreham or email admin@esteem.org.uk to express your interest

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