In 1979 the Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre opened in response to local residents suggesting that there was a need for a venue where disabled, elderly, frail and lonely people could meet. It soon became obvious that something more than a cup of tea and a chat were needed and that some form of day care would be a great help to families who were providing care at home.
A small kitchen was set up, followed by shopping being done for those who were unable to do it for themselves, a bath was installed and arrangements were made for a chiropodist and an optician to visit on a regular basis. All this groundwork was carried out by two paid staff members plus a dedicated team of volunteers. As time went by we were able to obtain some grant funding from the Brent Council, which meant a second-hand minibus could be purchased, enabling us to collect clients from their homes and to organise outings to theatres, museums and the like. A coach was hired and a week’s holiday was arranged with each client being allocated a dedicated carer to provide for their personal needs.
During these years, the support for the Centre was drawn ecumenically from the three local churches of the areas and other volunteers, which continues, to the present day, and in 2000 Sudbury Methodist Church, St. Andrews Anglican Church and St. George’s Roman Catholic Church set up Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre as a registered charity. In 2004, with aid from the Lottery, the Bradbury Trust and local supporters, we were able to enlarge the premises, install a new kitchen, a new bathroom and up-to-date toilets. The Centre was by now supporting a hundred elderly and vulnerable clients, and we continue to provide this vital support to the surrounding community today.
Today, the Centre continues to provide an interesting and varied programme of activities and events, so that everyone can fully enjoy their day at the centre, extend their mobility and lead more secure, comfortable and dignified lives.