Com­mu­nity project aims to help peo­ple feel­ing lonely

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Mike Ben­nett

A NEW com­mu­nity project to serve those feel­ing alone has been launched by a south Ash­ford church. Called Oa­sis, it will run ev­ery Tues­day from 10.30am in the Cade Road Church that has been ex­tended and mod­ernised. Min­is­ter, the Rev David Clarke, said: “We know there are many peo­ple lo­cally who live on their own, or have the re­spon­si­bil­ity of bring­ing up young chil­dren. “Th­ese and sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions can eas­ily lead to lone­li­ness or de­pres­sion, and the area is des­per­ately short of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties where peo­ple can just come along and meet in­for­mally in a re­laxed at­mos­phere. We hope that this is one way in which we can help.” Al­though mainly for the lo­cal com­mu­nity, they will be open for any­one to drop in for re­fresh­ments, to meet up and make friends, and get ad­vice on a wide range of con­cerns. Or­gan­is­ers are plan­ning to ar­range dis­plays of peo­ple’s hob­bies and var­i­ous demon­stra­tions and sales and in the fu­ture plan to ex­tend and launch an Oa­sis lunch club.

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd1165820

The Rev David Clark with Oa­sis mem­bers De­bra Hayes, Val Barnes, Anne White, Jill Rain­bird, Lynn Sim, Dave Sim and Les Shorter in The Cade Road Church

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