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I was really pleased to attend the Walshes Community Centre Open Day with Matt Cooney Chief Executive, Mel Bailey Head of Housing  and Ann Bennett Board Chair.

It was arranged by local resident, Velda McMillan who is leading some amazing work across the neighbourhood, including litter picks and encouraging neighbours to join the Walshes Neighbourhood Facebook Group which has 234 member and growing! 

Velda and a group of local volunteers are running a really popular and successful food share scheme and they use the Facebook Group page to let neighbours know what is available.

There is also a Community Café open to public  on Tuesday &  Thursday 10 to 4pm Food and drinks available  and  Saturday 10 – 4pm serving drinks and cakes. This is completely run by a team of volunteers.

The volunteers are planning lots of other events and activities over the next few months including the Jubilee Celebrations. 

Community Housing is helping this valuable service to grow by leasing the building rent free to them. It is also available to hire for small events and meetings. 

As part of our new customer and community engagement plans, we are hoping to develop more, similar projects across the district.


Catherine Cole

Director of  Housing & Communities