Community hub to offer support for all

19 MAR 2020
Allchurches Trust is getting behind Tove Valley Baptist Fellowship’s vision to create a £1.9 million permanent home that will be a hub providing support for all in Towcester.
 
The new Centre will enable the Tove Valley Fellowship to expand on its existing work in the community and ensure the Fellowship will no longer be reliant on hiring other venues to hold its services. 
 
After consultation with local residents, partnership organisations, stakeholders and local councillors, the building has been designed to ensure it will meet the needs of the local community, serving a population of over 29,000 people. It will offer a variety of activities and facilities for use by people of all ages, families and voluntary and community organisations.
 
A large hall will serve both as a place of worship and a dynamic space which can be rented out by community groups, but the centre will also include a commercial kitchen and three separate meeting rooms and an office. A foyer will serve as a display area and socialising space. 
 
As well as hosting a thriving youth group, activities for older people and a parents and toddler group, the centre will also offer more support to the most vulnerable groups within in its community through a drop-in facility, with private areas for counselling, practical support and advice from the church and associated care providers. 
 
Sue Feasey, TVC Project Team Communications Lead says: "The grant provided by Allchurches Trust has already secured vehicle access to the site and enabled us to comply with all planning conditions to start work. 
 
“Money from a range of funders will help us to set up a kitchen and provide tables and chairs suitable for a Lunch Club for older people, as well as making the Tove Valley Centre a comfortable and welcoming place for all sorts of community activities."
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