- Date of publication 11-25-2008 The Lalley Centre opened in the autumn of 2007 and the centre was officially blessed by the Bishop of Salford in February 2008. The inspiration for the Centre came from the Catholic Children’s Rescue Society in Salford Diocese as an outreach project in the wider community.
For 12 months before the opening a dedicated group of volunteers had been meeting in the library of St Malachy's primary school every 2 weeks to put together plans for the project and organise the premises. Now it is open every Thursday from 9am until 3.30pm.
The Centre is situated in an area of the basement of St Malachy's School where a warm, friendly and comfortable room is available with chairs and tables and facilities for making tea, coffee and toast. There is also an office where clients can discuss their problems with the 2 professional social workers. There is an independent entrance so that people do not have to come through the school. Collyhurst, where St Malachy's is situated, is an economically deprived area with a high rate of unemployment. People borrow money from loan sharks and become heavily in debt. The Centre provides a range of services - parenting, welfare benefits, debt management, help with filling in forms and access to a Credit Union. Training days are organised three times a year for the volunteers who are all local people. At the moment two volunteers are giving English lessons to a lady from Congo (Brazzaville) who has very little English.
Before the present Church was built in the 1960's the school basement, which runs the length of the school, was used as a Church. Several people have called into the Centre to see it and to tell us that they were married there. On the wall hangs a photo of the crowning of Our Lady in 1943. The Centre is named after Mr and Mrs Lalley who have faithfully served the parish for many years.
Clients are referred by various services including schools. Living in the presbytery of St Malachy's Church is a community of Brothers of Charity (Mother Teresa) who are very active in the local area. They work with the homeless, visit the prison, provide meals at the weekend for those on the streets and organise play schemes for the children during the school holidays. They also refer people to the Lalley Centre.
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