‘All are welcome, whoever they are’ - New home for much-loved All Saints Centre in Norwich

Customers at the All Saints Centre before it closed. Audrey Stannard and Albert White. Photo by Simo

Customers at the All Saints Centre before it closed. Audrey Stannard and Albert White. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Former users of the All Saints Centre in Norwich are being invited to go to a new home, called the Sanctuary, at St Peter Mancroft Church in the city.

St Peter Mancroft Church<PICTURE: JAMES BASS>

St Peter Mancroft Church<PICTURE: JAMES BASS> - Credit: EDP © 2001

The All Saints Centre, based at the converted All Saints Church in Westlegate opposite John Lewis, closed in June. The centre had provided a cafe and place to rest and socialise every day for dozens of people, including many homeless and vulnerable adults.

But, despite rising demand for its services, it closed after 35 years, with the loss of five jobs.

Pam Uden, on behalf of the Sanctuary steering group, said that since its closure a determined and committed group of ex-employees, volunteers and supporters had continued to meet weekly to formulate plans for the future.

She said: 'The aims are as they have always been to provide a place where anyone and everyone can find peace, friendship and food. Where all are welcome, whoever they are.


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'We have had many offers of help and support. We know there's a need – now we need help to meet it, and that help has started to arrive.

'Starting on Wednesday, November 12, the Sanctuary will be open at St Peter Mancroft on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 3.30pm. In the spirit of All Saints, we welcome friends old and new.'

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The group's former home, at All Saints church, is now being used by the Original Norwich Charity Christmas Card shop.

Are you a former user of the day centre? If so, are you looking forward to going to the group's new home? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk or newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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