Mayfair Community Centre

Including Health & Wellbeing Centre.

Members of the community centre outside the building

Involves: community centre with trust, grant funder, volunteers

Costs: £££ (capital)

Church Stretton in Shropshire is a small market town with a population of approximately 4,500 people. It serves an area of some 200 square miles of scattered hamlets and villages. South Shropshire is one of the most sparsely populated counties in the country.

Mayfair Community Centre was created in1997, in response to identified local needs to provide:

  • A day-care unit, including a bathing and laundry service
  • Public café – open to all
  • Complementary therapies (ranging from Acupuncture, Hairdressing, Reiki to massage)
  • Care information
  • Room hire

By 1999, over 700 people a week were using the facilities. Not only was the Centre short of space but, the Trust identified unmet needs within the community that fell within their remit to deliver, if the funds could be found. The Trust was awarded a New Opportunities Fund grant to expand into a Healthy Living Centre in March 2001.

In 2002 the Centre activities relocated to four sites, whilst an additional storey was added to the building. The Centre is now the first Healthy Living Centre in Shropshire. The expanded services provide:

  • A larger arts and crafts room
  • An IT suite for formal and informal learning for people of all ages
  • A therapy suite where a large range of Complementary Therapies are available
  • A crèche
  • Day-care Centre for people with learning difficulties
  • An independent living project called ‘Maysi’ (Mayfair Supporting Independence); this project provides advice for people falling outside of Social Services eligibility criteria. Housing Support advice is also available.
  • ‘Ring and Ride’ transport
  • A befriending and support service called Coco
  • A ‘Walking for Health’ scheme
  • Exercise and Dance classes
  • More rooms available for hire
  • Youth Club
  • Second hand books/bric a brac on sale daily
 

Over 300 volunteers, giving over 700 hours a week

 

How it works

  • The Centre is run by the Strettons Mayfair Trust, a charitable trust limited by guarantee, and is open to all.
  • The building in which the Centre is housed is owned by South Shropshire Housing Association.
  • On the same site are ten sheltered housing units. The Strettons Mayfair Trust has responsibility to act as warden to the tenants in these units.
  • The Centre has a staff team of 31 (mainly part-time) who are assisted by well over 280 volunteers.
  • The Centre has a fundraising team.

Mayfair Community Centre: 2014 IMPACT Award Winner

Mayfair Community Centre - people walking