|Initially the group was set up as a support mechanism for parents and their young children who lived in the Garths, found themselves socially and economically isolated. A group of parents worked with Home Housing to explore sources of funding to convert two unoccupied flats into a drop-in resource for residents to meet. Other agencies were approached to support the Project, which led to the development of a range of family support and education/training opportunities to benefit residents from the area.
With knowledge that the flats were to be demolished to make way for new social housing developments, the local Management Committee, began the fight to keep C.H.A.N.C.E. alive. They struggled but managed to raise a staggering £340,000 and in 1999 opened a new purpose built community facility in the East End.
We are proud that local users have been involved from the very beginning in the development and still play a major role in the ongoing use and future planning of the centre.