Congleton Big Heart Foundation

Project Coordinator: Lisa Spencer 01260 274969

email: congurc@hotmail.com

Our vision is a commitment to: providing a centre of excellence in Congleton, where the Church, working in partnership with other people/agencies addresses the needs of the people of our community in a safe, multifunctional, user friendly environment, now and into the future.

With the support of volunteers from the congregation and friends of the church we have focused on developing partnership working to create a sustainable programme of activities, and through   low cost rental of the premises encouraged community group usage that supports the physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing of our local community.

Though our vison is to expand on this the current programme not including our activities to support spiritual wellbeing, include;

Activities and times provided by volunteers from the church congregation

A drop-in afternoon social / craft group.

A term time weekly toddler group.

A twice weekly coffee shop.

A monthly weekend afternoon tea social.

Activities provided through partnership working

The Big Heart Lunch Club; a twice weekly subsidised lunch group for older people and those who are lonely or in need run by church volunteers and subsidised by Congleton Town Council.

Dove Buddies group; A fortnightly bereavement and support group  and support service run by church volunteers and affiliated to the Stoke based Charity, ‘The Dove Service’.

Dance to Health; a nationwide, older persons falls prevention dance programme run by Cheshire Dance and subsidised by funding secured by the charity Aesop and the church. The program is designed to help people with mobility and balance issues. We work in partnership with St John’s Community Centre, Buglawton who also run a group.

British sign language group; meets fortnightly with the support of volunteers from the church.