Canley Community Centre helping families in need

Canley Community Centre helping families in need

Published Friday, 21 August 2020

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic Canley Community Centre agreed to become one of the 10 food hubs in the city helping to support those in need during these challenging times

Canley Community centre
Left to right – Sara Barnes, Interclass; Anna-Marie Corbett, Canley Community Centre; Tom Hickinbottom, Canley Community Centre; Stephen Pearson, Interclass; Sarah Gristwood, Community Resilience Team CCC.

 Each week they have been supporting approx. 95 families with food parcels and are now operating as a social supermarket which is a great success.

After speaking with the centre manager, it was felt that it was important to ensure the building was as secure as possible with its new use and noted that it was in need of some additional security for this. The Community Resilience Team therefore reached out to local developers Interclass who are currently undertaking the Coundon Court School expansion to see if they would be able to support.

Interclass kindly donated with just over £700 worth of additional security for the building along with fitting this themselves for the community centre making a big difference.

Interclass Project Manager Stephen Pearson shared “Interclass is committed to helping the communities in which it works and after speaking with the Community Resilience Team at Coventry City Council we wanted to do our bit to help the food hubs and their volunteers who make a real difference to people’s lives in the local community. We are proud to be able to support their vital work and hope it goes some way to ensuring these essential services can continue to support those vulnerable and when they need it the most”

Councillor Tariq Khan, Coventry City Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said” As we have seen so often during this crisis our partners have been generous with both their time and money and are making a real difference to communities. Thanks go out to all partners helping vulnerable members of society at this difficult time.”

Coventry City Council