The Commonside Community Development Trust and Merton Council are to work in tandem from Monday July 4. Commonside Community, which is Merton’s only Community Development Trust, has taken over the running and development of the Pollards Hill Lunch Club, a service open to older people across Merton.
The Trust will also be moving into the Day Care Centre offices to provide creative learning opportunities for the diverse communities in the Commonside area.
The Commonside Trust has gone from strength to strength since it began operational work in 2002 and now employs five members of staff working on a range of community-based activities, from environmental education workshops to increasing opportunities for teenage parents and nurturing small business growth. The Trust also runs regular community events that bring together the diverse communities of the Commonside area.
Selena Gardiner, Commonside’s Project Manager, said:
“The Trust is delighted to have this opportunity to work with Merton Council on the lunch club service and to welcome the lunch club staff to the team. We hope to establish other opportunities for older people in Merton to meet, socialise and get the best out of life.”
Notes to Editors
The Commonside Community Development Trust is a voluntary organisation working in the Commonside area of Mitcham (Pollards Hill, Longthornton and Figges Marsh).
The Trust aims to create a safe, stable and sustainable community in the Commonside area by helping both individuals, and local organisations, develop and nurture their ambitions and potential. The Trust runs a number of community and social development projects with partners to promote health and wellbeing, social inclusion, equal opportunities, environmental awareness, education and training opportunities.
The Trust is funded by a number of organisations including the Bridge House Trust, Esmee Fairburn Foundation, the Lloyds TSB Foundation, the Learning & Skills Council and the EU.
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