In 2001 we received a grant that enabled us to build the St Swithun’s Community Centre on Arncliffe Road. Previously a church hall had been situated there. We had lots of community involvement, consultation and participation before the new building was designed and built. We then applied for further grants to enable us to employ staff to run the building. This is an ongoing process, although we are helped by a small grant from the Council’s Adult and Community Education Service on whose behalf we run classes and from lettings of rooms for seminars by other agencies and many other activities organised for or by the community.
Eastmoor Community Project Limited was established in 1998 and is based at St Swithuns Community Centre, a busy and welcoming building based in the heart of Eastmoor Estate. We are a small voluntary organisation set up to encourage community involvement and participation in the Eastmoor area. We run a variety of activities, social groups, workshops and community events throughout the year. Our aim is to respond to our community, to provide suitable resources and support people to thrive and achieve.
Eastmoor Community Project Ltd became a registered charity in 2014 We raise funds through the hiring of our facilities and rooms. We run projects in response to need in our area and have been successful in receiving funding over the years from; Warburtons, Children in Need, WMDC, Live Well Wakefield, Postcode Communities Trust, Community Fund Big Lottery.
We currently run a reaching communities well-being project which focuses on health and well-being support, enabling the local community to develop coping strategies and support networks to help them maintain good health. This project is funded by the Community Fund, Big Lottery.
To ensure we provide a varied and needs focused offer we partner with more than 30 local organisations, working together for our community.
We also operate a community café, providing home cooked and healthy food options. We have facilities which are available to hire, with a variety of meeting rooms including a conference suite and activity hall. Our café can also provide refreshments and buffets on request.
Our community centre is home to a neighbourhood nursery run by St Georges Lupset, offer a welcoming, stimulating and caring environment for children from birth to five years old. The childcare is affordable, and the nurseries are Ofsted-registered with all of them rated either good or outstanding.
Everyone walking through the doors can expect a friendly welcome and support to access our services. The centre is for all the community and you are very welcome. Why not drop in for a cup of tea. If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see, let us know!
Registered Charity - No 1157557
To generate and maintain community involvement and build the long-term capacity for local residents to participate and contribute to the development of education, training, and health initiatives within the Eastmoor area.
To generate community involvement we will:
Work with the local community to assess local needs and respond accordingly
Work with existing community groups to identify any gaps in provision
Work with local education and training providers to ensure a variety of opportunities are provided
Work with local health organisations to provide opportunities for the improvement of overall health and wellbeing of local residents
To maintain community involvement:
Give people the opportunity to develop and take ownership of their groups
Encourage individuals to progress by accessing further training and educational provisions