Community project aims to help people feeling lonely
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.
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