In our efforts to spread the word about Do. Be and the fab organisations working across the borough to deliver sporting or cultural activities, that contributes to children and young peoples emotional wellbeing, Barry took a trip to visit The Lighthouse Project in Middleton.
Barry tells us all about it below! We hope to see some Do. Be. submissions for their activities from the Lighthouse project soon!
The Lighthouse Project – A Beacon for activity in Middleton
“The centre really is a hub of local community activity (see email link above), has a 3 year lease in the venue it is now located long term, which is a prime site unit on the top floor of the Shopping centre, right next to the lift and the escalators in a very prominent location.
When you go in it’s like the Doctors ‘Tardis’, from the outside it looks quite small, once inside it opens up and is a massive unit with loads of potential.
You are welcomed with a friendly smile from the volunteer reception staff, and the most important element of this project is that it is dominated by Volunteers who give their time and expertise for free.
They are always on the lookout for new volunteers who can help them grow their activity base and welcome allcomers when it comes to providing local groups with a base to operate from.
Middleton, as a local Township, has hardly any meeting room space that community groups/charities and organisations can book, and this centre is an ideal site to allow groups to meet in a central location at reasonable room hire rates.
It is a really deep unit, so there are loads of areas throughout the building once you enter;
- Training rooms,
- Break out social areas,
- IT access areas for drop in usage,
- A Tea and Coffee zone and Café zone,
- Multiple meeting rooms of different sizes and layout,
- A Big Conference room,
There is also scope to;
- Book onto skills courses such as Basic IT,
- As well as taking advantage of pre employment skills and confidence building programmes.
- The local foodbank operates from here,
- Local community groups such as Middleton Photography and Middleton Dial Accessibility Wheelchairs for example operate from here.
- There is a full programme of advice and support surgeries on their diary of activities page, which is hosted on the front page of their website offering help and support to a whole range of different community groups.
The aim is to open up the centre to be a social (and business) centre, the emphasis is that it is a friendly centre and is a hub for social inclusion for local people, and for community/charity groups where people who want to access the facilities on offer in a friendly non-threatening environment can do so.”