Truro Lifehouse

Truro Lifehouse

Truro Lifehouse

Lead Organisation: The Parochial Church Council of The Ecclesiastical Parish of Highertown and Baldhu

Investment Priority: Community and Place

Fund: Community Organisation Fund

SPF awarded: £615,000

Location: Truro

Truro Lifehouse is the vision of All Saints Highertown to redevelop our well-used but failing community facilities into a purpose-built, fully accessible community hub. Impactful and trusted to alleviate a myriad of needs, the building has degenerated to such an extent that it now impedes the good work of our partner community organisations. The vision is to support and invest in the good work of others and create new opportunities for the church and other organisations to help and develop the life chances of the most vulnerable.

Truro Lifehouse will be a warm, light, bright, accessible, green and sustainable community hub that includes a Community Hall, meeting rooms, Community Café and Training Kitchen, helping communities connect in ways not previously possible. Combatting loneliness, cross-generational isolation, and despair at the cost-of-living crisis, it offers hope through volunteering, courses, crafts and wellness activities for all generations and people living with disability, dementia or simply alone. With a parish that stretches into rural Baldhu and up to the new Langarth Garden Village, it will be a one-stop shop delivering support and access to services.  It is community focused, concerned with real need and collaborative in nature.

Designed to support people with physical and mental disability, including dementia, it’s fully accessible with a Changing Places Toilet and a Sensory Garden. The project will deliver community lunches, healthy cookery courses for families and people living alone, and on a budget, and be a warm space to share a cuppa. It offers space for all manner of activities plus a venue for weddings, community choirs and orchestras, concerts, dance and exercise classes, occupational therapy and training events, a meeting place for community and charitable groups, and provides opportunities for future skills and education partners who are keen to work with our hard-to-reach project users to develop educational programmes, raising self-esteem and resilience.

All Saints Church Highertown website

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