Home Grown!


Fresh from our own allotment!  The makings of a fantastic Leek and Potato soup for our cafe.  Matt (with the potatoes) puts in a lot of hard work at the allotment, as well as in the kitchen - thanks, Matt!  He would be very glad of some help if there is anybody out there who has some time to spare!  Please phone us on 01803 550720 if you are able to lend a hand.  Matt usually goes to the allotment on a Wednesday afternoon.
That's Stuart, hiding behind the leeks!  He's another of our chefs and, as well as turning out a lovely soup, makes a wonderful desert whenever he's in.

Photo: A session from PACCT 2014
Much of the work of CentrePeace is to help those in need who face isolation and loneliness.  Last year, their team of qualified, experienced tutors developed their own unique companionship course called PACCT (Personal Awareness and Compassionate Companionship Training); a 12 week course to equip volunteers to be part of their front-line companionship team at the centre.  This bespoke, secular course gave participants a grounding in personal awareness, compassion and human kindness; in order to reach out to others, in a befriending role, safely and for the right reasons.  With visitors from all walks of life, including those who are marginalised, facing homelessness and poverty, the companionship team have specifically helped over 200 local residents since the project began.

Feedback from the pilot PACCT courses evidenced the value of such befriending training and subsequent involvement helping others, locally. Comments included: "healing and life altering", "enlightening", "fantastic", "meaningful", "life enhancing", "my way of thinking has changed", "liberating", "I cannot recommend it enough to others. ... I think it's a great thing for people to discover that they matter".

Over time, CentrePeace have become increasingly aware of the need to take their services out to people where they live in order to reach those who are living hidden lives, often in fear and isolation.    This is how the CentrePeace Outreach project came into being. The aim is to foster neighbourhood connection and offer a hand of friendship to anyone in need.  Volunteer CentrePeace Companions will visit people in their homes, or on the streets, offering kinship and comfort; inviting others to free well-being sessions, and CentrePeace social gatherings along with networking with other groups in Paignton to link local people to activities of personal interest.    

The new CentrePeace Outreach project is being funded for two years by the People’s Health Trust and CentrePeace will begin by running PACCT courses to train up more volunteer companions.  This exciting opportunity is being extended to anyone who would like to take part in this unique opportunity; a chance to be part of a new, local initiative which is forging the way in community-led local change . Information events will be held over the next two weeks (see details, below) and the first part of the course – PACCT I will begin on Tuesday 3rd November, completing just before Christmas.
If you have time to give and would like to grow your skills as a compassionate companion, contact Angela Neil at CentrePeace on  01803 550720.  Be part of the change!

A simple thing, such as being clean and fresh, can be a huge boost to self esteem and confidence.  Thanks to the Clothworkers' Foundation, we now have a shower room for use by those who need it.

They also kindly granted us the money to have a foldable partition installed in our largest room.  This has meant a wonderful addition of useful space as, now, we can have a workshop/meeting going on and still have the computer suite (behind the partition in this photo) available for use.

Despite rather dull weather, we were very lucky that the rain held off until just about an hour before we were due to finish!
It was wonderful to see so many families having such a lot of fun.  Lea Millman kept us all entertained for a lot of the day, singing some great songs - she has a beautiful voice.  She also did some VERY energetic Zumba dancing that had a lot of people joining in!  Lea was ably assisted by her daughter, Charlie, aged just 6.  Very many thanks to them both.  (If you would like to book Lea for any function, please contact us on 01803 550720 and we will pass your message on)
Roc Creative provided a hugely colourful display with their Samba Band and the Sapphire Majorettes were brilliant.  (photos to be posted soon!) Thank you to both groups for joining us. 
Our Summer Fayre certainly wouldn't be the same without the Samba Band - they have performed for us every year (and we're hoping they will do next year too!).

Much gratitude to DJ Pieter Morris, who kept the day rocking, in between other entertainers, with a great selection of eighties music. Pieter is available to book for functions too; contact us, if you're interested.

All performers very kindly volunteered their time for CentrePeace. If you would like to book any of them, just contact us and we'll put you in touch.

We had lots of different stalls and activities on the day, from Tombola to Bric a Brac; Splat the Rat to Psychic Readings........................and many more besides!  Gorgeous savoury food was supplied by the CentrePeace cafe and Truly Treats provided the delicious cakes.
Many thanks to "Brixham Berzerkers" for adding colour and intrigue with their wonderful costumes and 'sword fights' with the children!  They also introduced Icket the Imp who was a great hit with children and adults alike!  Thanks, too, to "Mythworks" and CentrePeace's Upcycling Team, who manned a stall which enabled people to make all kinds of things out of leather or recycled materials, from Cds to old T Shirts.

Here are some photos of the day.  Please email any of yours, that you would like to see on the site, to info@centrepeace.org.uk. We will put more up as we get them.
Last, but absolutely not least, we would like to thank our team of brilliant CENTREPEACE VOLUNTEERS, who are so willing to give their time and energy on a regular basis at the centre and still come up trumps on a special occasion like this.  I daren't mention names, lest I forget someone, but you know who you are - and we couldn't manage without you.  Thank you so much.
This Wednesday, 5th August, we are holding our Annual Summer Community Fayre in Palace Avenue Gardens, Paignton.  There will be lots of things to do and see, as well as good food, cake and ice cream!  There will be live entertainment and opportunities to join in Zumba dancing and/or crafting - Lots of games to play too!
We have two exciting events to tell you about:

Santa's Visit, 20th December - Santa will be visiting the centre on 20th December to meet our regular young visitors - and may even have a surprise for them! If you haven't been told about this in person but would like to bring your child along, please get in touch in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements :)

Open-house Christmas Buffet, 24th December - everyone form the local community is invited to join us on the afternoon of Christmas Eve (exact time TBC) for a free festive buffet. Since we won't be open on Christmas day, we will be celebrating early, so wear your party (/Christmas) hats and come and join the fun! 
Last night, CentrePeace volunteers were treated to a night of bowling fun, as a thank you for their commitment and continuous hard work. Much fun was had by all and Mark Pocock turned out to be the secret bowling pro!

Happy Halloween!


Here are some snaps from the kids' Halloween party, which featured a vampire DJ and lots of gruesome looking but very tasty food!
Calling all gardeners – skilled or just enthusiastic!  CentrePeace has acquired an allotment which Matt Howe has kindly volunteered to manage for us.  He needs some help, though, and we would be most grateful if anyone interested would please get in touch.  Phone CentrePeace on 01803 550720 or email info@centrepeace.org.uk.  We look forward to hearing from you!

The great thing about our plot is that it’s already productive!  With some weeding and a little more planting, we could be using our own veggies in the café for some time to come!