Stars light-up debt project
TWO Hollywood actors dropped in at a hub in Middleton Shopping Centre to support its new project helping those struggling with debt.
Steve Coogan, who was born in Alkrington, visited the Lighthouse Project in Middleton Shopping Centre, of which he is a patron, and brought with him fellow actor Michael Sheen.
The pair both have a passion for tackling issues affecting poverty and debt in our communities.
Michael set up the End High Cost Credit Alliance, taking on high cost high street credit which unfairly targets those who can least afford it.
Steve, a former Cardinal Langley student, invited Michael to discover the work of the Lighthouse Project, which is run by charity Inspire Middleton, and its new Lighthouse Money Advice debt service which opened this month.
The Lighthouse Project works in partnership with other organisations, providing a hub for community work and offers social activities and interest groups to reduce social isolation and improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Steve and Michael spent time speaking with some of the project’s reg- ular visitors, hearing their stories and struggles, and even posed for pictures.
Sarah Poretta from the Money Advice Service and Tony Coleville from Michael’s UK office also attended and together with the organisers of the Lighthouse Project they discussed and explored ways to help people experiencing personal difficulties and financial poverty.
Carl Roach, the Lighthouse Project trustee, said: “We had opportunity to share our heart and vision and to show them some of the ways that we have been tackling local need through the services and facilities that we have managed to create here in Middleton Shopping Centre.
“Michael said that they had visited many community projects around the country, but they had not visited one based in a shopping centre before, which was an unexpected but inspired idea.
“It is fair to say that everyone enjoyed the visit and the time together, sharing like passion and concerns.
“We look forward to developing our future work together and coming up with new ways of reducing poverty and debt amongst the people we support.
For more information on the Lighthouse Project, call 0161 643 1163 or email email@example.com.