Reaching Out To The New, Local Community
The ‘New Broughton’ housing development which now surround The Ascension Church has brought 11,000 new and returning residents to the local area, with the adjacent, new primary school attended by over 600 pupils from across Salford. The new, local community is made up of a whole spectrum of spiritual, cultural, and ethnic mixes, with a large ethnic minority community.
In an effort to reach out to local people, The Ascension Church has developed a fully inclusive, community-led, multi-faith outreach programme, ‘The Ascension Paradise Garden & Community Space’ alongside a busy calendar of additional seasonal events and outreach activities and services. By developing collaborative, inter-generational and cross-cultural volunteer initiatives, events and activities, we hope that people can come together in shared, social and practical activities.
Family Activity Days and Multicultural Events
Regular activity days and events deliver inter-generational activities alongside the provision of free, hot, healthy meals cooked by volunteers. Fantastic, traditional recipes have been cooked by volunteers and members of our local community including authentic Arabian, Indian and African dishes.
Activities have included jewellery making, papier-mâché, collage, artisan bread baking, festival food cookery and of course gardening in our Paradise Garden and learning about the life cycle of the honey-bee.
Collaborative partners from local community groups and organisations have also helped deliver great family activities including circus skills workshops, healthy eating cookery lessons and sustainability and carbon footprint activities!
Seasonal & Parish Events
Annual parish events such as the Christmas and Summer Fairs and the monthly Jumble Sales continue to be really popular and provide a great opportunity to meet up with other local residents, family and friends. It is also an opportunity to support you local church and grab a bargain at one of the many stalls selling arts, crafts, second-hand books, toys and gifts. A collection of favourite recipes and festival food cooked by the volunteers and members of the Lower Broughton community was also collated during 2014/15 with a recipe book printed in time for our 2015 Summer Fair.
Furniture Recycling Scheme & Credit Union
The collection of furniture from across Greater Manchester by volunteers continues to be a large element of the outreach work of our nearby sister church of St. Paul’s, Pendleton, providing furniture start up packs for the most vulnerable residents.
The furniture is also sold at affordable prices for the local community at the seasonal and parish events of The Ascension Church alongside a huge array of second hand books, clothes and other bargains.
Our Credit Union Volunteers from our Parochial Church Council also run our weekly Credit Union drop-in morning providing a valuable community financial service alongside signposting to other sources of support … with tea and biscuits of course!