A brand new venture in the area promises to put the ‘C’ back into community.
The Sanctuary on Heysham Road, owned and run by Sue Gardner, 56 and her daughter Natalie, 33, is in the process of being registered as a charity.
It aims to improve the quality of life of local people and educate them as to their recreational, cultural and social opportunities.
Founder Sue Gardner said: “We aim to work in consultation and partnership with the local community and where applicable other agencies in doing our projects.
“Most of all The Sanctuary wants to help people from all walks of life and across the board. “ The Sanctuary has a coffee shop serving delicious home made food, coffees and teas.
“But it is much more than just a coffee shop.
There are plans afoot to offer a room for hire for community groups to meet, childrens parties where kids can come and bake, have fun and be educated at the same time, baby showers, and quiz nights.
The charity hopes to get funding for young mums bringing up kidsto teach them basic skills such as cooking and money management.
It also wants to offer an afterschool baking club and education and activities up to the age of 16.
All the profits from The Sanctuary will be ploughed back into the community, said Sue.
She added: “I have always had a passion for people in the community. But let’s get back to basics. Community spirit is lost but its building that spirit back up.” Call Sue on 07900 002018 for more information.