Background

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Church in the Community

Werrington Parish Church (WPC) has always sought to share God’s love by reaching out to the community we serve – especially those in need – and 26 years ago the church opened The Way In Community House which provides a safe and welcoming place for children, families and older people to come.
In addition, we reach out in a variety of other ways by, for example: offering events such as regular Coffee Mornings at St John’s Church, Community Teas, working with the schools in the Parish, supporting community events (including the Scouts and Guides Carnival), providing stewards for the Werrington section of the Great Eastern Run.
 

How did ‘Love Werrington’ come about?

In 2015, the Diocese of Peterborough established a one-off ‘Working with People in Need’ (WPN) fund to give out some funds it had been gifted.
WPC submitted a proposal to the fund, with the aim of providing a range of services through this to people in need to build on the work it was already undertaking with children, families, young people and young adults (up to 25). In January 2016, it was confirmed the proposal was successful and WPC was given a three-year grant to help develop work.
A Steering Committee was established by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) to consider how the funds could best be used to plan and develop additional support for agreed groups in need in the Parish. In March 2016, a Consultation was launched with the aim of:
‘Developing a sustainable plan to provide caring support to children, families and young adults in need across the Parish, with specific focus in and around the Werrington Shopping Centre and the surrounding residential areas’.
The Consultation involved a Project Team undertaking a wide variety of research with individuals and families and with the organisations that work with local people in need. The three key questions that the consultation posed were:

  • What are the key challenges facing children, families and young adults in need in the Parish?
  • What support do you feel WPC is uniquely – or best placed to provide working with others – to help meet these needs and challenges?
  • How can this support best be planned and delivered?
In addition, the Consultation explored how the work can become sustainable once the period of grant funding is over in 2019, including how funds can be raised in the meantime to supplement the Diocesan ‘Working with People in Need’ grant.
In all over 130 people were consulted and over 40 people attended the Consultation Workshop where a PowerPoint presentation was given, highlighting the needs identified and early ideas concerning how to take things forward.

What has happened so far?

First, the way Love Werrington (LW) will be steered and managed by the Parochial Church Council has been agreed. This has involved the establishment of: the LW Management Group, LW Team to provide support to those involved in the work and LW Communications Group to ensure information about the work and progress is communicated effectively both inside, and outside of the Church. The three areas of work on which LW is currently focusing are:

  1. Children and Families
  2. Little boy photographing his parents in the park
    The team at Way In is leading this work. Preliminary work has involved the re-painting and refurbishment of the Community House. Funding to support this has been successfully raised from the Love Peterborough Community Rewards Scheme and BGL Group and staff from BGL Group and Tesco Werrington worked with the Way In Manager and volunteers to complete the re-painting work over a week at the beginning of November.
    The team at Way In is leading this work. Preliminary work has involved the re-painting and refurbishment of the Community House. Funding to support this has been successfully raised from the Love Peterborough Community Rewards Scheme and BGL Group and staff from BGL Group and Tesco Werrington worked with the Way In Manager and volunteers to complete the re-painting work over a week at the beginning of November.
    Additional work is being planned (Michelle…..what would you like to say?)

  3. Young People and Young Adults
  4. Young people

    The Werrington Youth Consortium has been formed by WPC with key local partners: Ken Stimpson Community School, Peterborough City Council Youth Services, Vivacity and The Prince’s Trust
    A range of work is currently being planned to complement the youth work that WPC already undertakes and details will be launched shortly.

    Werrington Centre Sign

  5. Work in the Werrington Shopping Centre
  6. In collaboration with Tesco Werrington, WPC is holding a Christmas Market on Saturday 3 December between 10.00am and 4.00pm (Link to Christmas Market details). The Market will include over 11 stalls selling items including attractively packaged books/CD and other gifts, local crafts, fairtrade food and gifts, vintage clothes, Christmas cupcakes, as well as special attractions including opportunities to taste festive fare, a Christmas photo booth and of course Santa’s Grotto.The funds raised through the Christmas Market will go into the ‘Love Werrington Community Fund’. This will enable us to run activities for local families (especially lone parents), children, young people and young adults (including those with special needs), who would otherwise not be able to afford them. These could include:
    • Sessions at activity, or indoor play centres.
    • Day trips or excursions to the sea or countryside.
    • Outdoor activities and challenges.
    • A holiday club, with free lunches and activities for parents and children.

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