A brand new £100,000 soft play centre and community café has been opened at St Peter's Church in Bishopsworth, thanks in part to a £50,000 grant from Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB). The new centre provides much-needed indoor space for young children to play and socialise.
The grant from CETB funded the supply and installation of soft play equipment for the play centre, including tunnels, slides and a ball pool. The new play area boasts separate areas for babies, toddlers and children up to 11-years-old.
Pupils from nearby St Peter's Primary School will also use the facility for PE lessons and any income from the centre will be reinvested to fund a range of community services including debt advice and counselling for local residents.
A separate grant of £14,500 from Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust (ICET) also funded kitchen equipment for the community café which is adjacent to the soft play. The café has proved a hit with parents, who are able to relax while their children enjoy the play area. It serves healthy Fair Trade and locally produced food, and provides valuable employment opportunities, particularly for those with special needs.
In addition to the funding from CETB and ICET, donations have been provided by community groups including the Bristol Archdeaconry Charity, Community First, Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust and private donations.
The Reverend Tim Godden, Vicar at St Peter's Church , said: "We are very grateful to Cory Environmental Trust in Britain for its significant contribution to this project. The community was crying out for a facility like this, so it's great news for families and children in the area. We were also delighted to see so many local residents and members of the congregation get behind our fundraising efforts."
Angela Haymonds, CETB Trust Secretary, said: "The Trustees were delighted to support this project, which has provided fantastic new play facilities for young children in what is a very deprived area of Bristol. In addition, the project will provide a valuable income stream which the church can use to fund practical services for which there is a great need locally."