Sutton’ New Cross Community Initiative has a lot to offer

NMAC11-2755-2'Sutton New Cross Community Initiative feature.'Community Projects manager Trudy Gill and Communications Development worker Callum Van-Beck in their Downing Street office.
NMAC11-2755-2'Sutton New Cross Community Initiative feature.'Community Projects manager Trudy Gill and Communications Development worker Callum Van-Beck in their Downing Street office.

FREE film nights, concerts, crafts, toddler groups and zumba classes are just some of the activities on offer at New Cross Community Hall in Sutton.

The hall, which is on Downing Street, is part of the New Cross Community Initiative and also includes a community church, meeting point and community shop.

The project receives funding from Big Lottery and Trudy Gill, who is community projects manager, says it brings a ‘vibrancy’ to the area.

She said: “It is not just for New Cross - we welcome anybody from the wider community. The idea is that they can get community support, have a say in how their community is run and what sort of activities they would like.”

The New Cross Community Initiative has been at the heart of the Sutton community since 2000 and since then, it has gone from strength to strength with its packed programme of events.

This autumn, there will be an afternoon of dance and drama for Children in Need. There will also be refreshments, along with a raffle and tombola, on 14th November between 4pm and 6pm.

And looking ahead to the festive season, there will also be a Christmas Market on 26th November between 10am and midday.

Getting young people involved is one of the key aims at New Cross and the centre caters for everyone from tots to teenagers.

Trudy says: “We try to include young people and we have a youth group which is open to anyone from seven up to the age of 19.”

Staff and volunteers at the project also run the New Cross Community Shop on Outram Street which helps good causes in the area and provides valuable training opportunities.

Trudy says: “It’s pretty unique because it is not funding for the church - it’s funding for the local community. We also do NVQs in Retail through the shop.”

In addition, anyone who wants careers or training advice can drop into the hall on Tuesdays between 1pm and 3pm when there is free internet access and help with CVs.

For details on New Cross Community Initiative visit www.newcrosscommunityinitiative.co.uk or search for it on Facebook.

Alternatively, call Mansfield 515540. The youth club is every Friday at the Community Meeting Point on Outram Street from 7pm and is free.