The Centre in Hollinshead Street in Chorley has been a hub for community activity for over 75 years helping the most vulnerable people in our community, including older people, those with learning difficulties, those affected by drug/alcohol abuse and the homeless.
However, our buldings are unsuited to modern day demands, are old and in need of constant maintenance.
Our wonderful volunteers make the best of what they have, but in order to meet the challenges we face, we need a new Hollinshead Centre, purpose built to meet our needs and most importantly the needs of the hundreds of people that we support.
Based in the heart of the town, the new Hollinshead Centre will be ideally placed to help everyone who needs our support.
The Centre is currently used by over 50 community groups and agencies who include the Alzheimer's Society, the Stroke Association and keep fit clubs.
Seven uniformed groups are based in the Centre and include the Guides and Scouts.
The Centre is used to provide hot and healthy meals to vulnerable families and individuals through the weekly Open Kitchen in partnership with Chorley Help the Homeless.
Chorley has a very limited number of facilities like the Centre where support can be provided, leaving little choice or alternative to using it with all its' limitations.
The Centre is vital to so many, who without it would have no where to go to access the support and assistance that they need.
Through the Appeal we are raising funds to build a brand new Hollinshead Centre on the existing site.
This will comprise two community halls, meeting rooms, a commercial kitchen and a community cafe, as part of a facility with disabled access to all areas.
We will have performance spaces for musicians and bands and have the facilities for local events such as Chorley Live.
The new Centre will be flexible and more than able to adapt to the changing needs of the people of Chorley for decades to come.
It will cost £3.5 million in total, half having already been raised or identified from potential sale of assets, leaving the Appeal to find £1.7 million.
We are continuing to run our present centre and are still supporting disadvantaged people in Chorley. They need our help in the Covid-19 crisis and we will not let them down.
In these times of crisis we understand even more how much our services are needed and valued.
"I come to the Open Kitchen most Thursdays. It’s so welcoming and friendly. And a good hot meal really helps – especially in the winter.” I have lived in Chorley my whole life. 15 years ago, I had to go into hospital as I had some mental health issue with depression and my life changed. I’ve lived in the same B&B place for the last
12-13 years with Missie my cat!
"I've been coming here for many years and there is always a warm welcome. They don't judge you, they just take you as you are and help in whatever way they can."
“I have run businesses in the area for over 25 years and have always valued their place in the community. We have always tried to put local people in the middle of our thinking and I believe that it is essential for any company to always consider its locality and especially the people within it. When I heard about the Hollinshead Centre and what it would do for the people of Chorley, I felt compelled to support it and get involved."
JEREMY GORICK DL - APPEAL CHAIR
The Hollinshead Centre operates for benefit the community of Chorley.
Chorley United Reformed Church is a foundational partner in the Hollinshead Centre.
registered charity number 1128897
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