Power to Ollerton/Boughton
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Who are we?
We are a group of local people at Ollerton/Boughton in North Nottinghamshire who run a very busy multipurpose community hub in an ex-coal mining area. We are a Cafe, Community Centre and Church. We were funded by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and the CommunityBuilders Fund to transform an old Mehtodist Church into a thriving community centre.
Some of our Board members - Neil Pike, Mike Phillips, Terry Bell, Liz Phillips and Catherine Northey.
The theme of our project is "Power to Ollerton". Power brings light and light brings hope and we want to sustain this hope for the next generation of people in Ollerton/Boughton and beyond.
At Lifespring, we are a hub that connects many different segments of our community together. Dave, one of our regular users, commented recently,
"Lifespring Centre is like a second home. It reminds me of my old youth group, but it's for grownups. It's great to see all ages involved. It's also refreshing to see how everything is invested in the local community".
We are keep to help create a clean environment. Equipping the Centre with Solar Power will enable the Centre to be sustainable for the next generation and beyond and heighten awareness of the importance of green energy.
The children attending Make Lunch enjoying a "Frozen" Party
What do we want to do?
Making us viable through renewable energy will help us meet our objectives. We will be able to
- bring hope to those who need it;
- provide space for community groups;
- play our part in training so that people can improve their prospects in life; and
- keep "fun" and interaction at the heart of the community.
How can you help?
You can help in a number of ways. You can:
- Vote for us;
- Donate through Crowdfunding;
- Tell your friends to vote for us;
Now, we would like tell you more about our activities and our plans.
1. Bringing Hope
Lifespring is a Centre of Hope. All of us need some form of help at some time in our lives.
Make Lunch: We take part in a nationwide initiative offering a free hot meal to children from low income families. During the summer, we give away on average 500 hot meals to children and bacon cobs to their parents/careers. This gesture is very much appreciated. One parent commented,
"I don't know what I would do with three extra mouths to feed during the holidays. You don't get money of that!"
Another parent said,
"It's wonderful what the Church is doing".
Mike Pringle (left), the local Councillor, presenting a cheque to Make Lunch. Parents and children enjoying the activities (right).
The Oasis Cafe: The Cafe is a very popular meeting place. It's a place where friendships are formed, conversations take place, help is distributed (e.g. Foodbank) and sometimes where we signpost to otheer organisations. It offers home cooked food at affordable prices. It has an annual footfall of around 13,000 visits.
A Buffet prepared by the Staff of the Cafe
Foodbank: Lifespring Centre is an outreach Centre for the local Methodist Foodbank and is open to provide food hampers when the Foodbank is closed.
The Church: One highlight of the year for the Church is the Christmas day meal - prepared and served by a wonderful group of volunteers. We treat our specially invited guests to a sumptuous Christmas dinner. In 2015 we hosted 40 people on Christmas Day.
Some of our volunteers who cooked and served the Christmas Day dinner
2. Providing space for the Community
The Centre occupies a unique location in the heart of the Town and is a magnet for local community groups. We host Slimming World, Weightwatchers, the Ollerton Friendship Club, the Ollerton Memory Cafe (over 60s), ChangePoint, a Youth Group, a Parent and Toddler Group, parties, weddings etc.
Ollerton Friendship Club bringing the older generation together (left). On the right, Lifespring Centre hosting Keely and Dan's wedding.
"Revolution" - a major youth event, serving the youth of Ollerton/Boughton (right).
Lifespring Centre hosted "Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour DreamCoat (left).
Providing space for health initiatives - Slimming World, Weight Watchers and ChangePoint Health Management Services. On the right are Terry Bell and Carole who run the Memory Cafe.
3. Training for the Community
Lifespring has its own training team onsite. They provide NVQ qualifications in Customer Service, Health and Social Care and Business Admin. Lifespring seeks to play its part in educating the community and in helping people to develop skills to get jobs or to improve their prospects in life.
The Thoresby room - our dedicated training room and our Performing Arts Group - upskilling the younger generation.
4. Having Fun
Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour DreamCoat at Lifespring
In conclusion, we think we run a great project here at Lifespring. We have a great group of staff and volunteers who work very hard. We hope that you will vote for us. Thank you so much.