During the pandemic, The Base community centre has been busier than ever despite lockdown!

The Base One Stop, Broadfield’s membership-based community shop and community cafe launched last year by Key Unlocking Futures and The Base community centre continue to grow in popularity.

Over 150 members now use the shop to top up their weekly shop and try foods they wouldn’t usually buy at the supermarket.

The Community Café at The Base is now open two days a week, offering a takeaway service, on Monday from 10am to 2pm, and Thursdays 11am to 3.30pm. Anyone is welcome; the team serves hot breakfast barms, toasties, homemade soup, and hot drinks. Everything is free thanks to funding from various sources including Progress Housing Group’s Soup Dragon, SMJ Contract Cleaning and local writer and producer Tom Bidwell.

Andrea and her team also run a breakfast club during term times on a Monday morning between 7.30am and 8.45am for local school children to have a hot breakfast before school.

During the lockdown, Andrea and her team, have also been making welfare calls to local community members that they feel will benefit from regular phone calls to see how they are doing.

They recently completed a huge campaign called Christmas smiles in partnership with Wade Hall Community Association, Moss Side Community Association and South Ribble Big Christmas Sleep Over. This campaign saw them deliver around 400 Christmas Eve bags and Christmas presents to children and young people from the local communities.

They also delivered food hampers to the most vulnerable and elderly. We think you will agree that the team at The Base does a fantastic job supporting our local communities.