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Centre provides safe place for Peterborough communities

A centre which aims to give a 'safe place for everyone' is bouncing back after opening its doors again.
Some of the youngsters that have enjoyed Paston Farm Community Foundation activities (Photo: Louise Roe)

Paston Farm Community Foundation has been able to reopen its centre and for cafe three days a week, following the lift in coronavirus restrictions on July 19

It was formed in 2014 as a place for people local to Paston and across Peterborough, and foundation manager, Louise Roe, said, “We wanted to create a welcoming environment for everyone whether through projects, group activities, or our cafe.

“We aim to provide a safe place for everyone whatever their age, gender, religion, or ethnicity. A place for education, community, friendship and support.”

Louise said that even though coronavirus had forced Paston Farm to close they were still able to provide to the local community.

“We continued to open once a week for the community fridge, to allow people access to free fresh fruits and vegetables..

“We also moved online, creating pre-recorded videos for adults and children, such as arts and crafts, or stories, as well as a Facebook live every Friday so people could join in with the discussion with us and each other.

“Moving forward we have reopened the centre and our cafe three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9.30am to 1.30pm.

“We hope to open fully again to five days a week soon and in time will hopefully be running event days again too. We are aiming to start our youth club come September, should restrictions allow, and are looking at hiring out some of our spaces to groups again soon.”

Paston Farm Community Centre holds events, along with having services and spaces that are available to the public.

Louise said: “Our cafe is open to everyone for snacks, meals, and especially cake!

“Until mid-September we are holding our Euro Cup of Cakes competition, where two cakes are pitted against each other each week until there is an ultimate winner. The cake that moves forward is the one which sells the most slices the fastest.

“We have a garden space that we are hoping people will enjoy and possibly use to grow flowers and food, which was designed both by a gardening class run alongside The Green Backyard and City College, and the community.

“We also have our free tots group every Tuesday that runs 10am to 12pm. The group is open to everyone with children under five and includes activities, reading, songs, and crafts.

“The charity MIND hold their Good Mood Café sessions once a week with us, on Thursdays 11am to 12.30pm, where anyone can drop in for a chat with MIND volunteers.

“We still do our community fridge every Wednesday from 11.30am to 1.30pm, where anyone is welcome to any fruit or vegetables donated by local businesses and delivered to us by local charity Food for Nought.

“Paston Farm Community Foundation is a really friendly and welcoming centre, not just for people in Paston but also across Peterborough. Our volunteers are people who started off as customers using our facilities and enjoying it so much they wanted to contribute to what we do.”

For more information visit the farm's Facebook page