Lyppard Grange Community Centre in Worcester
Lyppard Grange Community Centre is celebrating its 21st anniversary. Since it first opened in the heart of Warndon Villages it’s been a focal point for all kinds of activities that bring local people together. Lauren Cartwright is the centre’s Deputy Manager.
“Working in the heart of this community is an absolute privilege. I get the opportunity to meet and work with residents young and old from our Parish and beyond. In an average week around 2,000 people visit to engage in an activity and sixty different groups meet here every month. These include baby and toddler groups, fitness activities and martial arts, a reading group, craft activities and bingo plus much more.
The centre expanded as the housing estates grew up around it. Just four years after it opened, our building was extended in 1997 with help from the lottery. Today we are a busy and thriving hub of local life. We’re helped by our central location next to the shops, it’s a nice bright centre with a great variety of things to do.
Engaging with our residents and understanding their needs is key to our work here. We commissioned some research last year which gave us many new ideas. Just one of those was the request for a local walking group. This group now meet regularly on a Tuesday morning at 10am for a walk around the local area and then returns to the centre for a cuppa! It is a very sociable group and new members are always welcome, the best part is it is totally FREE.
We have a regular youth club for young people of High School age living on Warndon Villages. It offers them somewhere to meet up with friends, use our Playstation and pool table and it’s free. This takes place every Tuesday and Thursday 6.30pm-8.00pm during term time.
We are a registered charity and are supported with grants from Warndon Parish Council and Worcester City Council. However, the majority of our income comes from hiring rooms, children’s parties and other fundraising events. As a charitable organisation, any profits made are returned back into providing services for our community and keeping our building in a good state of repair. We also fundraise for other good causes. We try our best to do that little bit extra for the wider community.
The focal point of our 21st anniversary celebrations will be our Summer Fête on Sunday 13th July. This is always a really fun afternoon with lots of different things to do for all ages. This event really brings the whole community together.
Looking back over the 12 years I’ve worked here, there have been many great moments. There’s a great sense of satisfaction in seeing something become a success for our local community. You are always welcome to pop in and see us and find out more about what we have to offer. We are open Monday to Saturday from 7.45am, closing times can vary but we are usually still here until 9pm!”
Lyppard Grange Community Centre is on Ankerage Green, Warndon Villages.
You can read about the centre at lyppardgrangecommunitycentre.co.uk or call them on (01905) 616841