A VIBRANT community-led centre in Ashton has opened its doors to  provide local people with a wealth of health and social opportunities.

The 4C community centre, located on the grounds of Christ Church between Oldham Road and Taunton Road, is open to all Tameside residents.

As well as health and social activities and services, 4C offers a high spec community space, bookable meeting rooms and a café. The sustainable building, which will be fully accessible for all, is designed to limit the impact on the environment and incorporates new and traditional technologies  with recycling and energy efficiency integral to the operation.

Tameside Council has been working with volunteer led charity Christ Church Community Developments on the project for a number of years. The council provided £150,000 funding to help complete the work and realise the ambition of seeing it become a thriving community space, which will work on a similar model to the very successful Grafton Centre in Hyde and Together Centre in Dukinfield – both run by the community

Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington, who attended the opening, said: “I’m delighted to see 4C opening its doors. The centre will benefit all of the community – young and old – and follows other similar models where community led provision and facilities successfully lead on improving local people’s lives and supporting residents to thrive. This cooperative approach in turns saves the council money in more traditional forms of health and social care.”

Jonathan Hindle, Chair of Christ Church Community Developments, said “We are absolutely delighted to be opening the centre. At a time where loneliness and the effects of the pandemic are being felt so harshly by so many in our community, being able to offer a facility as fantastic as the centre is so important. We can’t wait to see the place packed with residents and look forward to hearing their ideas and dreams for what could be done from the centre.”


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