The New St Mary's Centre
WHAT'S BEHIND CHURCH STREET?
St Mary's Community Centre N16 Appeal Launched in May
* Making sure vital charities don’t get priced out of Church Street
* Cash appeal for £250k – less than the price of an N16 studio flat As business rates and rents in Hackney soar, St Mary's is launching a £250k cash appeal this month to ensure local charities and cultural groups keep a toe-hold in the area.
The community centre, just behind the church, puts a vital roof over the Hackney Food Bank, Hackney Migrants’ Centre,Hackney Winter Night Shelter, Kehillah North London (Synagogue) as well as groups such as choirs, children's ballet and parties. However, the centre is badly in need of refurbishment and is now struggling to accommodate the needs of all those who would like to make use of it:
• Only one dilapidated shower is available for the 25 people who regularly turn up to use the Night Shelter in winter
• The Migrant Centre often has to turn away those seeking help as it is full to capacity
• There is no privacy for those using the medical services of ‘Doctors of the World’
• Lack of space and outdated facilities mean other plans for a much-needed soup kitchen, money advice centre, and an older people’s lunch club may have to be put on hold.
The Revd. Dilly Baker, Rector of St Mary’s, said: “Church Street is now an iconic destination for those seeking fine food experiences, independent shops and local history but if you step behind our beautiful street into the surrounding area there is hidden poverty, isolation and need. We’re determined that Church Street should be for all. We need to raise £250K in cash which is less than the price of a studio flat in N16. We already enjoy the support of local businesses and its residents but now we’re appealing to everyone to dig deeper and ensure that those who are isolated and in need are still included in our community. ”
St Mary’s N16 has launched its Community Centre appeal on Saturday 20 May with a pop-up food market, generously supported by local charities, projects and businesses. It took place in the grounds of the Victorian Church. (Please view the photos below).
Huge thank you to everyone for the wonderful weekend of the Pop-up Food Market (May 20th/21st).
Please take a look at some of the photos of the launch event below: