St Luke's is opening for longer From Monday 6th June St Luke’s will be opening longer and at weekends: Monday to Thursday 9am-7pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm. We had a chat with our Community Engagement Manager Carol-Ann Macardle about what locals can expect with the longer hours and how the Centre has opened up after lockdowns. Carol-Ann Macardle arrived at St Luke’s nearly four years ago and there hasn’t been a dull moment since! As Community Engagement Manager, her role is to engage with the local community and local partners providing activities that meet the needs of the people that live in our area of benefit. Carol-Ann is central to organising more activities and services at the Centre when we are open longer hours from Monday 6th June. In Carol-Ann’s words: “I will have been at St Luke’s for four years in July and I can’t believe it has gone so quickly! I am very proud that St Luke’s continued to serve the community during the pandemic with support like our food hub and lunches. I oversee the Volunteering and I am so grateful for the support people give, we wouldn’t manage without their hard work and commitment.” Post-lockdown services and activities at St Luke’s have developed and expanded to accommodate new and existing needs within the community. Carol-Ann says: “In the past few months we have a new User Committee, the St Luke’s Youth Ambassadors and a wonderful Multi-cultural Women’s Group that feed into our services.” “It’s lovely to have everyone back at the centre and to see our activities and services return. We have a new Family Hub, which has activities running for the Under 5s and a wide range of after school clubs. A Wellbeing Hub opened in September last year. So it’s great that we can open the Centre at weekends and later in the evenings. It means people who work full time during the week have access to our services, and that we are open every day for those in the community who are feeling vulnerable and need a safe haven.” So what can we expect at weekends at the Centre? Carol-Ann says: “On Saturdays our activities are aimed around fun and fitness and we will have Zumba and a range of craft sessions. Sundays are themed around chilling out and relaxing with an art workshop. On both days a free light lunch will be available.” Several evening and weekend activities are confirmed with more to come, so keep your eyes on our website and social media for what’s happening, including a William Blake talk by Bunhill Heritage, more Cooking with Pride evenings, community feasts and several heritage walks in the area. Of course St Luke’s still offers regular weekday services and activities including employment support, weekly form filling and advice clinics, a range of after school clubs, over 55s’ subsidised lunch club, community cookery and gardening and much more. Our activities and services are open to members of St Luke’s who live in our area of benefit. It’s just £5 to sign up for lifetime membership, and you can benefit from most of our support free of charge or at low cost. Find out more about membership here. Click here for current events and activities happening in the Centre.