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.