A community project lead by the Anglican church of St Michaels and All Angels setup to champion the cause of poverty, exclusion and personal well-being in the Houghton-le-Spring area has celebrated the first six months of success at an open house event.
The event attended by the Right Revd Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow, the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Councillor Robert Heron and Mrs Juliana Heron along with invited guests from the Church and Community partners gathered at the Space4 headquarters in the library building in Houghton-le-Spring town centre. The project was launched in November 2013 and has seen a rapid rise in its engagement with clients, partners and associates alike. The Revd Canon Sue Pinnington, Rector of St Michael and All Angels said: “This is a great project but it is very sad that in this day and age we need to have projects like this at all in order to help the most needy in our society. I am immensely proud of the project and the team.” Angela a client of Space4 said: “the project has helped me to unravel the complexity of my situation, they have supported me and given me the space I needed to try to get my life back on track. I cannot thank them enough they have allowed me to make time and to move-on.” Partners of Space4 include city of Sunderland, Gentoo, DFW Adoption, Bridges Community Bank and Houghton library along with a host of community associates. Bishop Mark said; “this is yet just another example of the Church getting alongside people supporting communities and making things happen. It’s a credit to the Church lead team bringing partners together in support of those who can be so easily forgotten. This is a real demonstration of our presence in our communities.” Sue Elsley, Project coordinator for Space4 said: “We are very grateful to the council and local community for helping us and making the space available to allow us to help others.” Clr Bob Herron, Mayor of Sunderland said: “This is a great project, much needed by and greatly valued by the community – I want to thank the church community for making this happen.” Space4 on Facebook www.facebook.com/HoughtonSpace4 and on twitter twitter.com/HoughtonSpace4