Last week we reported that the Lighthouse Project would have to close its activities at Cromer Mill by 12th November, however in last minute discussions with the owners, Pin Property Consultancy, we have been given a breathing space of one month to sort out our alternative accommodation options.
Obviously there is a lot going on in the background to sort this out but in terms of the public facing support that people can receive at the Lighthouse Project ‘it’s business as usual for now.’
Carl Roach, Development Manager, says, “This is good news for all of our visitors who can continue to take advantage of the many activities and support services on offer such as CV writing, employability support, basic computer classes and social and leisure activities.
This coming month is also the busiest time of the year for Middleton Central Foodbank, which is based with the Lighthouse Project, and in the run up to the Christmas season we see a massive increase in our food donations including the upcoming National Tesco collection between 1st – 3rd December, and an increase in demand for emergency food parcels from families and individuals who find themselves experience food crisis.
The half-yearly reports from the Trussell Trust, released 8th November 2016, show that nationally over 500,000 three day emergency food parcels have already been given out to families through their foodbank network since April, including over 188,500 to children, which is indicative of the ongoing need.
On his recent visit to the Lighthouse Project in his new role as patron Steve Coogan spent time in the Foodbank chatting with the volunteers to get a clearer understanding of how the group operates and supports local people, he even had a hand in finishing off a food parcel with two of Inspire Middleton’s Trustees, Carl Roach and Michelle Lee.
Carl adds that “This period of grace is a welcome relief as we still have not been able to confirm an alternative location for the project, we are pursuing several options just now which obviously take time to sort through, we appreciate the support that Pin Property Consultancy are giving to us at this difficult time.”
The Lighthouse Project is giving a voice to its supporters through the use of an online petition of support which allows people to stand with the Lighthouse and to and add their positive comments about how the project is helping people get back on track – http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support-the-lighthouse-project-2016