Our Vision and Values
Our vision is to develop, in partnership with others, inclusive and welcoming spaces for people in and around Dronfield to enjoy and use; these spaces will include facilities designed to meet the needs of children and families, young people, the elderly and people of all ages who would like to meet and socialise.
To achieve our vision we will:
- Work in collaboration with other organisations and community groups
- Provide a loving, supportive and safe environment which is open to all
- Have a person-centred focus that puts the needs of the individual first
- Deliver an excellent and affordable provision
Life is all about actively supporting everyone in our local community regardless of age, race, religion or gender. As a charity we also have some specific objectives and priorities around the following groups.
Dronfield and District is a fantastic place to bring up a family. It has easy access to Sheffield and the Peak District, as well as excellent schools and plenty of green spaces. This means many young families move into Dronfield, often without support networks of close friends and the extended family. This can lead to parents or care givers feeling isolated and lonely. Fortunately, several baby and toddler groups exist across the town. These groups fill a gap, but there are times when there is no place for parents with young children to meet and socialise without the pressure of needing to keep their children quiet and entertained.
At Life, this need will be met. We will have a free indoor playroom for children to enjoy which will be part of the project space, but set to one side, meaning parents will not need to worry about their children disturbing other users. We will have two separate baby change rooms, bottle warming facilities and will organise regular activities for families to get involved in.
With its outstanding secondary school, Dronfield sees 1800 pupils in the town each week day heading to and from school. With the pressure on local government funding, youth support from Derbyshire County Council has had to shrink. So whilst the support from the County Council is excellent, the hours of support are extremely limited. A current church led project sees as many as 80 young people drop in on a Friday night. The biggest request young people have in Dronfield, is to have a warm, safe place to socialise with their friends.
Life will meet this need, aiming to be open into the evenings as a place for young people to hang out in a structured and supported way. Life will be open before and after school, offering a place for young people to get a quick breakfast as well as a study venue where support can be given for homework.
The Lonely and the Isolated
In recent years the issues around loneliness and Isolation have been brought to the forefront through media and national campaigns. We recognise that there are people in our community who feel lonely and isolated. A weekly lunch club already runs in Dronfield through one of its churches. Those who attend talk about how much they love coming out to it and having the chance to chat and catch up with other people.
Life will look to replicate this 6 days a weekby offering simple, affordable snacks as well as a nutritious hot meal of the day. There will be no expectations on anyone to buy food. They can simply just come in, read a book, play a board game and engage with others. We will have specific “chat tables”, where, if you want to talk to someone you can sit and someone will come over and engage in a conversation with you. We want Life to be a place for everyone, where all feel comfortable and cared for.
The story so far…
In 2011 Andy Evers had a vision for a community centre right at the heart of Dronfield to serve the community and be a place for the churches in Dronfield and District to work from together. Andy began and completed the Mission Shaped Ministry course focussed on setting up the project.
In 2012 the vision for Life was shared across the churches in Dronfield with it being adopted by Churches Together in Dronfield and District in the March. A core team was formed and this group met fortnightly to work towards turning the vision into a reality.
Throughout 2013, 2014 and 2015 the core team continued to meet, pursuing a number of different buildings from which to run the project; all of which fell through early on in the process. In 2016 the core team began discussions with St John’s Parish Church about the possibility of purchasing their Church Hall. This discussion is ongoing, with both the Life core team and St John’s church working together to see Life becoming a reality in the Hall.
As of January 2018, we have just been granted Charity Status as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), plans for the Hall have been drawn up and a Structural Survey has taken place. The Life team are optimistic about purchasing the Church Hall and seeing Life up and running in 2019.
Life will only be successful as people come on board and support it. With this in mind, in March 2017 the core team presented the vision 7 times covering all the churches in Dronfield and the surrounding district. 129 people attended the meetings and 128 stated that they fully supported the vision of the project and wanted to see it become a reality.
72 people stated that they would like to volunteer at Life on a weekly basis, with 238 hours of volunteer time offered each week.
57 respondents stated they would like to give financially to the project on a monthly basis, with a total of £775 offered each month. Pledges of one-off gifts were also promised, totalling £35,560.
The supporters of Life are kept up to date with regular emails as the charity continues to grow and develop.
If you would like to get involved, please click on the volunteer button on our home page and leave us your details.
Our Prayer Meetings
As a Christian based charity we hold regular prayer meetings to support the development and running of Life.
All are welcome to join us, third Saturday of every month, upstairs at Dronfield Baptist Church 8am to 9am.