Residents came together to help celebrate the opening of the latest Connected Communities centre in Cheshire East.
Bromley Farm Community Centre, in Congleton, has become the latest Connected Communities centre to open its doors – offering local people support services, advice, information and a place to meet.
There are now thirty-three such centres across the borough.
Bromley Farm Community Development Trust is a residents-led group, established in 2003, which aims to improve the wellbeing of local residents.
It works in partnership with other organisations to provide events, activities and make environmental improvements for the benefit of residents in and around Bromley Farm.
Councillor Mick Warren with staff and local residents at Bromley Farm Community Centre in Congleton.
The community centre, in Edinburgh Road, has a particular focus on supporting young people. It operates two popular youth clubs – one run by volunteers on Monday evenings for youngsters aged 8-12 and the other on Friday evenings for youngsters aged 11-18 run by Cheshire East youth support service.
Both youth clubs offer opportunities with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme and are credited by the council’s youth support service with helping to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour by young people in the neighbourhood.
The clubs provide positive opportunities for young people to develop socially and help raise their aspirations.
Councillor Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities, said: “I am extremely pleased to see Bromley Farm Community Centre become the latest of our Connected Communities facilities.
This venue is ideally placed to be a great community resource for residents in this area. I would encourage anyone living in the vicinity to pop in and discover more about the clubs, services and facilities on offer.
There are a range of different activities, mini-projects and opportunities for skills development right at the heart of this neighbourhood.”