The Hideaway has revealed its new Noah’s Ark community café. The new café facility has come about investment of £29,200 from Trafford Housing Trust’s Social Investment Fund and £5,000 from Wates Construction.
The giant Noah’s Ark cafe doubles as an education suite for local people to access community volunteers who can provide training and mentoring support. The community hub also offers classes in parenting and life skills, such as money management, an office and private meeting space and a large seating area for children’s parties.
The formal opening event was attended by representatives, staff and volunteers from The Hideaway, and representatives from Trafford Housing Trust and Wates Construction.
Fay Jackson, Social Investment Fund manager at Trafford Housing Trust, said: “The Hideaway offers a fantastic facility for the whole community and we are delighted to support them through Social Investment funding.
“We look for community projects with the same social values as Trafford Housing Trust. The finished project looks phenomenal and will be a great asset to the community.”
Ruth Lancey from The Hideaway said: “We are incredibly grateful to the support that we received from Trafford Housing Trust’s Social Investment Fund and also to Wates Construction. Our Noah’s Ark café facility has made such a difference and enables us to push on with our social mission of supporting our local community and families.
“Local businesses have also generously sponsored some of the life-sized animals that are aboard the Ark and we are hoping that their generosity will extend further to help support or sponsor some of our community group activities.”
The Hideaway in Partington is a community resource for Trafford which is open six days a week for families to spend time together in. With a large play area and a lots of play equipment for children from babies to ten years, The Hideaway also hosts learning and after-schools clubs and runs a packed programme of fun sessions, workshops, classes and courses for all.
Trafford Housing Trust aims to invest £2million a year through its Social Investment Fund into projects that tackle poverty, address inequality, strengthen families and improve skills and employment opportunities with the aim of transforming lives. In the past year, essential funding for 107 projects focussed on Trafford and Greater Manchester has been provided, positively impacting over 12,000 people.
Recently, Trafford Housing Trust was acquired by L&Q and this will lead to the creation of a new North West Foundation, which will build on the positive work of the Social Investment Fund.
In addition to our current investment in commitments in Trafford, THT would also invest additional resources in other areas where we are developing or own housing stock. It is envisaged that around £4million a year will be invested in communities through the NW Foundation which will include a focus on employment and skills for adults and working more closely with schools to provide young people with tangible links into local employers.
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