- Date of publication 03-05-2009 A Community drop-in centre commemorated a year of helping Collyhurst’s needy as it celebrated its first birthday last week.
The Lalley Centre, sited in the basement of St Malachy's Primary School, was launched to provide people in and around the community with a wide variety of support.
As well as offering professional and confidential assistance with family advice and social work aid, staff provide help for financial difficulties, help with teenagers and children, and difficulties with housing and repairs.
If that wasn't enough, the centre - which was opened by the Charity, the Catholic Children's Rescue Society - also offers help in dealing with depression, bereavement and domestic violence issues, as well as claiming welfare benefits and filling in forms. Additionally, it helps single parents with child care and getting back to work, provides support for drugs, alcohol and antisocial behaviour problems and offers English lessons to people who are not as fluent as they would like to be.
Volunteer Fae McKenzie said: "One of the most important things the Lalley provides is a listening ear; people can call in just to enjoy some tea or coffee and some toast at low cost and have a friendly chat with our volunteers. Now we have built up our client base a little bit, we expect the Lalley Centre will do big things this year; however, we still need more people to know that we are here".
The ZEST project also uses the facilities to pamper clients with massages, manicures and pedicures.
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