West End Impact came to life round about the same time as Morecambe Community Church - Summer 2002. Through the generous provision by Mr & Mrs Gardner and the driving force from Tim Bhajjan West End Impact opened its doors in October 2002.
The Vision of West End Impact is to provide a facility for Christian community work in the West End of Morecambe and its surrounding areas. We have 4 main projects running from our facility, including a drop in for those with many needs from homelessness, to addiction or even just loneliness. We also have a youth club, and parent cafe and an art group. West End Impact has no regular income, but as a registered charity we are very happy to receive donations to help with the maintenance of the facilities and expansion of this work. We have been awarded various grants in the last few years to help with things like flooring, new kitchen, play equipment for the parent cafe and youthclub and the major refurbishment of a former barn and call centre.
West End Impact is a charity run in partnership with Morecambe Community Church and other Christians in Morecambe in response to the regeneration of Morecambe. We have 2 paid staff - our manager and support services coordinator and around 50 volunteers, including our trustees.
West End Impact was opened in response to the regeneration of Morecambe and we believe that that regeneration can only happen with a change in peoples lives. We therefore aim to help and motivate people in need into a better future by giving them information and help them with things like, rehabilitation, housing, benefits, counselling, volunteer opportunities, social inclusion etc. We try to help people with a plan of action and build up good relationships with other agencies that we know can help. We have built up many relationships of trust with our clients over the years who find it easier to pop in to us and have a chat over a warm meal, or a cup of tea, before heading out on their plan of action.
We have strengthened our links with local councillor Margaret Pattison and Ron Sands and other agencies for example the local Princes Trust project. Team 21 of the Princes Trust were involved in the renovations of West End Impact in October 2008.
In June 2011 we purchased the former call centre and the Barn behind it. Through major funding from ASDA, Trusthouse, Francis C Scott Trust, Take Pride Community Foundation and countless volunteer hours we managed to transform the derelict buildings into a space for the community to enjoy and further our objectives.
Take a look below or even better, come and visit us, the kettle is usually on....