Family centre opens after 20 years in the planning
PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 June 2015
MORE than 20 years after a fundraising appeal was launched to build a care centre on a Weston estate, the building has finally opened its doors.
Members of the Bethesda Church in Chaucer Road on the Bournville estate launched the £200,000 appeal in 1992.
It has actually cost around £800,000 to build the Bournville Family Centre in Chaucer Road and it has finally been opened to the public.
The aim is to benefit everyone on the Bournville, Coronation and Oldmixon estates, particularly those who are disabled, elderly or unemployed.
It also aims to support parents and their children.
Church minister David Farley and his wife Irene re-opened the Bethesda Church in 1991 before deciding to build the centre.
Irene said: “When we opened the church and worked on the estate, we realised the needs of people who didn’t have any facilities to go to for support.
“And out of that came the desire to build the centre.”
The centre will provide a nursery along with meals for the elderly.
It also has a two-bedroom flat with a self-contained bedsit which could be used to provide emergency accommodation.
Irene said: “We aim to help everyone who needs it. We go into the community and help families.
“Usually it’s people who are not keeping very well and we help by going into their home and doing things like teaching them to cook.”
The building also has a kitchen, meeting room and reception area.
The large hall will be used for a nursery, toddler groups and the luncheon club for the elderly. It may also be available to other groups and clubs in the future.
There is also a separate workshop area where unemployed people will be able to learn practical skills in preparation for returning to the workplace.
The site also has a separate car park, and a children’s soft play area.