People in Ripley wanting support can now find it at a new coffee morning, thanks to a local church and its skilled volunteers.
All Saints Church, Ripley, along with support agencies from across the area, including Futures Housing Group, recently launched Open Door.
The sessions, which launched on April 20, take place every Friday morning from 8.45am to 12pm. Volunteers from the church and representatives from different support agencies from across the area will be on hand each week to provide advice and a friendly face.
Marian Brookes from All Saints Church said: “Open Door takes place every Friday morning from 8:45am to 12pm. There will be a welcome for everyone to simply relax over coffee and cake for just 50p and perhaps make use of our Information Shop about support agencies.
“Our volunteers, who have a wealth of experience and expertise, and occasionally representatives from different Support Agencies across the area, will be available to help anyone who needs it. That help could be anything from CV writing, form filling or simply being a good listener.”
Sara Parkin, housing advice manager at Futures Housing Group, said: “This is a fantastic example of how everyone working together can make a difference. The church offering the space, time and volunteers, combined with the specific expertise of the different agencies, will ensure those visiting can get advice on a range of issues, in a very friendly, informal environment.”
Futures Homescape, Amber Valley Council for Voluntary Services, NACRO, Citizens Advice Bureau, Amber Valley Community Transport and Credit Union were all there to celebrate the first session and official opening.
The Church would like to thank everyone for their help and support in starting our new venture, with particular thanks to Futures Homescape for its help with our launch day.