Of that you can be sure! Even though the Grafton Centre in Hyde remains closed to its members and community groups it doesn’t mean they’re not busy.
Staff and trustees have been contacting members to check on their well-being and signposting them to volunteers and services where necessary. The Facebook page is being used to pass on information, advice and entertainment; a popular local artist broadcasts weekly, a link has been posted so his many fans, among the membership, can tune in and sing-a-long.
In preparation of members returning, to the usually busy community centre, this opportunity is being used to refresh internal decoration; to ensure a positive welcome to members old and new when they return.
Cllr. Philip Fitzpatrick Chair of the Trust is calling into the centre regularly and is looking forward to seeing members.
“The Grafton is well known for its parties; we’ll be having the biggest and best yet when we can get together again.” He told us, he also remarked that the staff and Trustees wanted to pass on, to all those linked with the centre, their good wishes and to encourage them to stay safe.
To support the wider community during the Covid-19 crisis, the Trustees have liaised with Tameside MBC, Action Together, Tameside South & Longdendale Foodbank, Diversity Matters and other partners to set up a temporary Foodbank provision for Newton, Central Hyde & Gee Cross. The new provision will be available from Weds 20th May. The Foodbank Helpline for advice & referrals can be contacted on 0333 772 1916 Mon – Fri 10am – 3pm. You can donate to the foodbank between 10am-3pm on Fridays at the collection centre located at Hattersley Baptist Church, Melandra Crescent, Hattersley, SK14 3RB. They can be contacted via emai firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07901 786905.
If you’d like to know more about this active local community centre take a look at their Facebook page or website. https://www.graftoncentrehyde.com