Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

21/01/10 Oak House celebrates re-opening with West Lancs MP

Rosie Cooper MP was on hand to officially re-open Oak House in Elmridge, Tanhouse. The community house has been recently been refurbished by OaksChurch with the help of St John the Baptist Church in Burscough.

Oak House has been converted from a normal domestic residence into a building which can provide meeting room accommodation for various types of groups. OaksChurch is fulfilling its vision to help give people more security and stability in their lives within a framework of small groups where relationships blossom and skills are developed.

1.1Duncan Petty (Rev.), Anglican Minister, Oaks Church said:
 "Oaks Church was tremendously encouraged last weekend by so many who came to be part of the re-opening of Oak House.

"Oak House is akin to a mini community centre and it has recently been renovated to make it a comfortable, welcoming place for various groups to be based, encouraging the building up of strong and stable relationships locally, whilst imparting skills and advice where appropriate.

"We were delighted that Rosie Cooper agreed to officially re-open it for us and equally delighted that newcomers, as well as past supporters and folks who helped with the refurbishment, could come and see its potential. We now hope that we can continue in a renewed and better way to provide for the community."

Oak House now hosts a wide array of activates that include the Octopus initiative, which provides quality clothing and toys at 50p per item and a free much, a Friday night 'Open House' social, and they will continue their popular Happy Hands knitting group which makes and sends out clothing to needy families in Romania. There are also plans for new initiatives such as 'Shop and Drop' that offers fresh vegetables at amazing prices and in varying quantities, and a course designed to help people who are struggling financially to organise their budgets in a better way.

Rosie Cooper MP said: "In a time when increasingly people may feel isolated, OaksChurch has made space for people to come together and become part of a bigger idea. This refurbished community house will provide a communal space for parents, children, and local residents and will have many different activities for everyone. I am certain that Oak House will go a long way to help develop new friendships and reconnect old and established friendships.

"Oak House will be an inspiration to other local communities bringing about a more vibrant community. For that, I thank Oaks Church for putting all this hard work into something that will make a real difference in the lives of local people.

"I'd like to personally thank Duncan Petty who invited me to open the house and to see the fantastic work that has been done."

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