Centre has plenty to offer…

Dancing, discounted lunches and adult education courses are on offer every week at a community centre in South Elmsall.

Friday, 25th April 2014, 7:00 pm
Councillors Jack Thomas, Brian Capstick, Robert Hayhurst and Peter Jordan with staff members Rebecca Clark, Clare Baxter and June Patton at the Westfield Centre . (p610c412)

The Westfield Centre is run and managed by the South Elmsall Community Facilities Ltd group, which was formed by members of the town council after Wakefield Council offloaded the Westfield Lane Resource Centre owing to budget cuts.

The centre now offers an unprecedented number of activities for SESKU people.

Parents and toddlers can enjoy a fun session from 9am to 11am every Monday. Youngsters can take advantage of the inflatables while parents enjoy a chat and drink for just £2 per child. A dance to music class runs from 2pm to 3pm every Monday. It costs £3 for a one-hour session.

Susan Parkin-Coates with Esmae Manuel, Rosie Evans with Noah-Theo Evans and Frankie Oxley Baines with Pauline Baines enjoying the bouncy castle at the Westfield Centre. (p611a412)

The Westfield Lane Centre offers a range of adult education courses, including nail art, cake decorating, customer services, Spanish for beginners, health and social care, welcome to the digital world and food hygiene in catering, with some starting at the beginning of May. Many of the courses can be free or subsidised for those on certain benefits.

Drop-in computer learning sessions are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to noon. The sessions are free, with laptops available for all learners. The Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) hosts an outreach session at the centre every Tuesday from 10am to 1pm on a first come, first served basis. Young people can take advantage of a careers advice service from 10am to 3pm every Wednesday. To book an appointment, call Connexions on 01924 732257.

For SESKU residents who are struggling, the centre is home to the Westfield Food Bank, which provides food and support to those in difficulty The scheme works on a referral basis and residents who apply for help will be given vouchers that allow them to collect around three days of nutritionally-balanced food. It is run by volunteers with support from the town council and South Elmsall Community Facilities Ltd. There is also now a community laundrette, which people can use in exchange for a small donation for washing detergents.

Shoppers can take advantage of the public toilets, as the ones on Barnsley Road now only open on market days.

The Lanes Cafe offers heavily-subsidised meals, including a roast chicken dinner, fish and chips or lasagne for less than £3. A subsidised luncheon club is held every Friday from noon to 2pm. A two-course meal costs just £2.50, with further discounts available on certain dates for older visitors. A lunch must be booked in advance. The centre also runs a book exchange, a function room and has offices to rent.

Clare Baxter, town clerk, said: “The centre has a lot to offer now, but not everyone realises what there is up here.

“We especially have a lot for those who are struggling – the food bank, the laundrette and CAB. We’d like to thank Asda for its support with the food bank and the community laundrette, as well as Wakefield Council for providing a dryer.”

For more information on any of the activities, email [email protected] or call 01977 642335.