New Inns Court Family Centre “an intergenerational place”

Left to right: Maureen Cole – long-term volunteer; Sue Jones – Centre Manager; Matt Caldwell – KWCC Deputy Head; Jake – Therapy dog and Bernie Henning – Meet and Greet Volunteer.
Left to right: Maureen Cole – long-term volunteer; Sue Jones – Centre Manager; Matt Caldwell – KWCC Deputy Head; Jake – Therapy dog and Bernie Henning – Meet and Greet Volunteer.

Knowle West Children’s Centre and Inns Court volunteers have now joined forces to become Inn’s Court Family Centre.

They will be working together to make “an intergenerational place” where people from 0 to 99 can “learn, share and have fun at the heart of the community”.

Knowle West Children’s Centre (KWCC) Head Teacher Sarah Salmon said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to build a different type of community resource that will bring all ages of the community together to support and learn from each other.”

KWCC Deputy Head Matt Caldwell said they would be continuing their commitment to “working with the wishes of Inns Court.”

He said: “But we also need the rest of the community to give us some ideas and help to make the Family Centre into something that the whole of Bristol can be proud of.

“We will be asking for everyone to contribute in the following months and welcome your comments.”

The new Family Centre will continue to include Inns Court volunteers, community services and the popular Sprint community bus as well as two churches, a community kitchen and garden and a gymnasium. It will still be available for party and event hire.

Sprint driver Angela Perrett said: “We’d like to reassure all of our current and future members that the future of the Sprint is secure for the next year!”

The first event held at the Family Centre was an Easter Fair in March – which attracted around 200 visitors.

Volunteer Bernie Henning said: “The Family Centre is a great idea because we already feel like a team, get on absolutely fine and look forward to everything we will do together!”