award for Romiley Lifecentre

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undefinedRomiley Lifecentre has won the Community Spirited Organisation Trophy in the Proud of Stockport Awards run by the borough council. The engraved glass award was presented to Vicar Richard Pennystan, Vicar of St Chad's Chuch, Romiley, during a ceremony at Stockport Town Hall.

The Lifecentre – in the centre of Romiley Village, near Stockport – offers to the local community a café, a bookshop and a conference space. It also hosts numerous community groups, including the local traders’ partnership and an Alzheimer’s support group.

The centre – created in 2002 by members of St Chad’s Church – is also the base for several parish ministries, including support groups for those suffering with depression and addictions. The parish officers are based there, as is a counselling service.

The award also recognised St Chad’s impressive visiting team, who visit the lonely and the housebound locally.

Vicar Richard said: “This award has been won by more than 100 volunteers who serve in the Lifecentre’s café and take God’s love out and about to local people.

“The volunteers include members of our church and the local community, including some with severe learning difficulties and those who are recovering from bereavement and depression. We love to see how working together can help rebuild people’s lives.”

PICTURED above, at the awards ceremony (L to R): John Rowcroft (who nominated the Lifecentre for an award); Ruth Otto (café manager): Vicar Richard Pennystan; Helen Bray (centre manager); Ian Otto (trustee); Barbara Grime (visiting team); and Betty Austin (visiting team)