In 2016 the church community and local partners took the decision to embark on renovating and rebuilding the community facilities in Highertown, Truro to better serve the local community. Since then we have been listening carefully to residents, organisations and other partners as to what might be needed to support community life, and more specifically people in Truro and the surrounding area that struggle most with life.
Since completing this 12 month long listening exercise (pdf document) we've been working on the design. With Transformation Cornwall, Falmouth University and our architects (Lilly Lewarne) we developed the best design possible. We decided that the design should have the most vulnerable people in mind first, and for the building, and all that goes on inside, to convey our desire for life to be easier for us all. With this in mind, we've worked hard to create spaces for young and old, and to establish spaces of welcome for people living with dementia related illness (sensory garden spaces), people with specific accessibility requirements (inc. changing spaces), and formal and informal meeting spaces for small to medium support groups, all sustainable and resourced. We are creating new jobs for the area and creating dedicated officer time for the promotion of volunteering and paid community roles (Business Plan 2018) (Financials)
Our current community facilities, that are in dire need of repair and renovation are used as a meeting space for a number of activities including:
Cornwall Fairtrade Hub, Truro Foodbank, Food for Change Partnership, Kernow Credit Union, Cornwall Refugee Resettlement Network, Cornwall Children's Clothes Bank, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, Alcoholics Anonymous, Truro Memory Cafe, Singing for the Brain, Acts 435, Thursday Club, Parenting and Wellbeing Course, 14th Truro Girlguides, Drink Drive Rehabilitation, Reedin Partnership, Toddler Sense, Baby Ballet, Toddle Parent and Toddler Group, Penn an Dre Resident's Association, Trefoil Guides, Slimming World, Cornwall Community Choir, Kenwin Barton Gilbert & Sullivan Singers, City of Truro Male Choir, All Saints Friends Group, NCT Classes, Christians Against Poverty, Sanctuary in Cornwall events, Health Promotion CCC.
The Truro Lifehouse will provide new spaces for all these activities and groups, and also increase capacity so we can host even more. It will include a Community Cafe, a large hall and conference room, along with additional outdoor spaces. Your support at this stage is crucial to the project. We have exhausted all funds for phase 1 of this project and now need to raise £6468 to cover the cost of the planning application.