Wreyfield Drive Gift Day

At Wreyfield Drive we have been looking to improve our facilities, and make the building more suitable for the many church and community-based activities that use the building on a regular basis. We have urgent need of a disabled toilet facility, as well as the need to update all our toilets. We also intend to extend the front of the building to make better use of the space we have. We have planning permission for this work, and hope to get the development underway in the next few months. The total scheme is estimated at £288,000. We have raised well over £100,000 locally, and have been promised a grant from the circuit. We are hopeful that we will be able to secure grants from District and Connexion, and are working on this at present. We would like to give individuals in the Circuit the opportunity to contribute to this project and help make our God-inspired vision a reality. Therefore, we are making the afternoon on July 7th a gift afternoon. I will be at Wreyfield that afternoon, when the Boys Brigade will be holding their summer fair, from 2pm to 4pm, and am happy to receive any gifts for Wreyfield Drive Development Fund then, though if this is not convenient – any time will do!  Clare

Resources from ‘How can the church respond to the needs of older people?’

Thanks you to everyone who supported this initiative by attending and then taking the time to respond to our request for feedback.

Following a period of mature reflection it is clear that the event succeeded in raising awareness of the problems we will increasingly face as the population lives longer within the context of social change. 96% of those who responded had their expectations met. This is encouraging in that it tells us there is a genuine desire for the church to have a meaningful part rising to the challenges.
We share the disappointments expressed over the unfortunate technical problems, especially with the sound system.
A total of £150 was raised on the day which was shared equally between Queen St Central Hall and the Alzheimers Society. Both recipients have expressed their thanks to those who contributed towards these donations.
An overwhelming majority (84%) have stated there should be a follow up event. For this to be useful and purpose driven, it would be really helpful to receive some ideas. What do you want? One suggestion is to hold a discussion based workshop regarding practical interventions as an example?
Another strong theme was how to engage those who are at work during the day. It is unlikely the day can be repeated in its same format; however some of the day’s material is available on the circuit website. Should that be insufficient then it may be possible to look at holding an alternative event, perhaps in an evening if there is sufficient interest.
Please help develop this initiative by contacting us with your thoughts and ideas as to what next?

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