25 Nov 2014
Over a hundred people flocked to The Anchorage open day to support the newly refurbished activity centre.
The centre, which is situated in the heart of Shipley in West Yorkshire, between Peaselands and Guardian Croft, opened their doors on Wednesday 19 November to celebrate being refurbished and being open 30 years.
District Manager Jason Sharman who hosted the event with Activity Centre Co-ordinator Flo Johnston said: “I was thrilled by the number of people who came along to support the centre, it was nice to see all the customers and older people from the location community there, who go along to the centre and are involved in the many activities held there.
"Flo, Vicky Bell [Scheme Manager at Stonebridge] and the rest of the team that pitched in to help did a wonderful job arranging the event and inviting people along and helping it run smoothly."
Regional Operations Director Philip Birkinshaw said: “Flo and Vicky did a tremendous job. I’m pleased with the new lease of life we’ve managed to give The Anchorage. The centre is a great asset, not only for customers, but is also a focal point for older people living in the local community.
“There is already an extensive programme of activities in place during the week that customers and the local community participate in – such as line dancing, bowls, sewing and knitting groups.”
The refurbishment has given the centre a modern and welcoming feel, and is a great venue for the many activities held there. The Anchorage is a great venue, and the plan is to make it an activity hub for the community.
Flo said: "The daily lunch club currently covers 20 meals per day, and we’re looking to extend that and are planning to deliver meals to local Anchor schemes."
“I would also love to see The Anchorage being used more for meetings and events. We’ve got a good sized meeting room that people are welcome to hire for a small fee and the hall can accommodate bigger events.”