Working in the community, for the community

St Mary’s Millennium Centre (Liverpool) Limited

Meadow Lane, West Derby, Liverpool L12 5EA

Telephone: 0151 256 0022   Email: smmcwestderby@outlook.com

www.stmarysmilleniumcentre.co.uk

 SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER FOR CLIENTS AND USER GROUPS

Introduction:

First of all, we should like to take this opportunity to formally welcome back all our clients and user groups to the St Mary’s Millennium Centre. Some of you have been back for a short while, as allowed under the phased government covid regulations, whilst some of you have delayed your return until September after the holiday season.

 Whilst the majority of user groups returning are familiar, you will probably note some new groups are starting up at the Centre which includes:

 Power keep fit, Crochet, Spiritual wellbeing, Hypnobirth, Hypnotherapy Teaching Class and Kumon Education (additional day).

 We hope you all settle in and enjoy your experience of using our community centre.

Centre Staff:

 At the end of July, we said a fond farewell to George after 5 years’ service. George primarily covered caretaking duties on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We thank George for his hard work and contribution to the Centre and offer him our best wishes in his retirement.

In his place, we are pleased to welcome on board Ged who is settling in well. We are confident you will soon develop a good working relationship with Ged and receive the usual support necessary to ensure your activities continue to operate smoothly.

 The photograph to the left shows Rob, Centre Manager welcoming Ged to the Millennium Centre.

 We would mention that you will still get a warm welcome from the familiar faces of Rob Wood, Centre Manager and the rest of his team; Sylvia, John and David

COVID Update:

As we head towards the autumn season there is still some uncertainty on how the covid pandemic will continue to impact on our daily lives. After careful consideration, we have decided to maintain some of the covid procedures we initially adopted. You will, therefore, note hand sanitiser will still be available at the entrance to the Centre and the one-way system is still in place, coupled with the extra general cleaning. We are also encouraging the continued use of face masks in the corridors and communal spaces.

 Whilst these measures are strictly speaking no longer required, we feel it is in the best interest of all our Centre users and staff to continue to maintain them and we look forward to your continued cooperation.  We will, of course, monitor and review them as we progress over the coming months and advise you immediately of any changes.

Booking Forms:

With the start of the new season, Group Leaders will be asked by Rob Wood, Centre Manager, to update their records and complete a new Booking Form. We will, of course, only be requesting the usual minimum and relevant data for business operational purposes. We would like to take the opportunity to re-assure you we are committed to protecting your data per our responsibilities under GDPR and your information will not be shared or passed on to third parties. We would remind you that we do not maintain any records of individual members attending the range of activities in the Centre.

 

Food Pantry:

 This is now well established and has been operating on a Friday morning between the hours 10 am and 12 noon in the Centre car park since last October. The service was allowed to continue even during the pandemic lockdown period thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers.

 

The recent photograph above shows some of the volunteers setting up the stalls before opening the food pantry. We would like to offer all our volunteers a big ‘thank you’ for their commitment and hard work, which is much appreciated.

 There are a regular group of about 50 customers who have signed up and only pay £3:50 per week and have access to a comprehensive range of food, including fresh meat and vegetables, together with some toiletries up to the value of about £20.

Feedback:

 As you probably know, the trustee’s vision for the Centre is “To be recognised as a centre of excellence through generating funds that will contribute to developing the organisation which directly support and enhance our clients and community groups experience when using the centre.”

 We always welcome constructive feedback and if you have any ideas or suggestions on how we can improve the Centre, please do let us know.

 Finally, on behalf of the trustees and staff, I would like to thank you for your support, we are delighted there is a diverse range of activities and events taking place once again in the Centre for the benefit of the community we serve.  

 

David Blythe

(On behalf of the Board of Trustees)