Stoke Newington has more to offer than chic coffee shops. Step behind the iconic church opposite the park and meet some of the social justice projects that provide support and bring hope to the many who use them.
Demand for these services is going up. Right now we're working on scaling up our infrastructure and redeveloping our space so more can be done. Join our mailing list to stay informed or contact us here.
We will be serving Cream Teas on the lawn outside the New Church on August 17th, 2pm-5pm.
Come and enjoy home-baked scones and cakes and hear all about the New St Mary’s Centre.
We’re nearly there! Thank you to all who’ve helped us get to this point:
to our local community who’ve been so supportive.
to our donors who’ve given us generous grants including: City Bridge Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Allchurches Trust, The Beatrice Laing Trust;
to our inspirational architects, ‘Erect’ and our Project Manager Heather Stanley;
to the people of St Mary’s church for believing in this project and giving of their money and time to make this happen.
We have now appointed our building contractors and are about to start the work. It is likely to take 6-8 months and so we are looking to open the new Centre in January 2020.
The new Centre will offer flexible spaces for meetings, celebrations, gatherings and projects.
The community groups who presently use this space - the Hackney Migrant Centre, Food Bank, Nightshelter and many others will be rehoused elsewhere during the build and then welcomed back into a purpose built, hospitable, centre in January.
Food is at the heart of the St Mary’s mission. Many of our projects revolve around food. Food brings disparate people together; sharing of food encourages participation and creates community. Food is symbolic of a world where some eat for pleasure but many more struggle to survive. We hope that more initiatives inspired by food might find a home here.
What are your ideas?
What would you like to see or do within the new centre?
Please keep your ideas and your enthusiasm flowing!
This is a Centre for all!
For example, poet Savitri Hensman is making available on-line her recent collection of thought-provoking poems, ‘Spring Scents and Shell Smoke’. Have a read and in response, if you would like to download it and make a donation to the Centre, that would be much appreciated. Savi also suggests that anyone who lives overseas might like instead, to assist a similar local project that is close to their heart.
2nd Chance Cafe
Our 'pay as you feel' 2nd Chance Cafe - making use of upcycled fruit and veg - proved to be popular with our local community.
As soon as our New Centre is up and running we will develop this project taking on more volunteers and looking to run it as a social enterprise.
Watch this space!
We still need to raise money for the internal fabric of the Centre. If you are interested in organising a fundraiser for this please contact us.