Melton Vineyard Church joins new councils partnership which will see services co-located at children’s centre

Melton Vineyard Church senior pastor Neal Swettenham EMN-151014-152556001
Melton Vineyard Church senior pastor Neal Swettenham EMN-151014-152556001

Melton Vineyard Church is joining an exciting new partnership with Melton Council and Leicestershire County Council which will mean co-locating their services at the Cove Children’s and Community Centre on Sysonby Street.

The Melton Vineyard, which will be moving its provision from The Source in King Street to this new base and contributing to the costs of the centre, plan to offer services such as parenting support, money advice and a listening ear service.

This will complement the work of Melton Council, in relation to the expansion of Me & My Learning into the wider community, and the county council in relation to children’s centre and early help services.

The children’s centre offers one-to-one and group support to families with pre-school children. This includes helping parents to understand what children need growing up and offering extra help when times are tough.

The Melton Vineyard started working more closely with the community over four years ago by initiating The Storehouse project at The Fox in Leicester Street, Melton, which provides support to people who need help with food, emergency clothing and advice.

This project, which is now supported by many other churches in the borough, as well as local organisations, businesses and individuals, will continue to operate from The Fox.

Melton Vineyard senior pastor Neal Swettenham said: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with both councils in this way.

“Part of our vision has always been to serve the local community, as well as to be a culturally diverse church where people of all ages and backgrounds can find a place to belong and a space to grow.”

All three organisations share a common desire to deliver services within the community and improve outcomes for people. This new partnership will bring added value to community and children’s services in Melton.

Melton Council deputy leader Pam Posnett added: “We’re really excited that a strong local voluntary group, whom the council has worked with for many years, is expanding their support to people in our community who need help. This new approach will reduce duplication and increase efficiencies for the council in relation to use of our resources.”

The Melton Vineyard also holds regular services every Sunday morning at John Ferneley College at 10.30am which anyone is welcome to join. The service includes contemporary worship, an informal slot for sharing news, a message aimed at adults and prayer. There are also activities for children alongside the main service.

Melton Council currently offer room bookings to the community. Anyone who would like to use a centre for an activity can visit www.melton.gov.uk/centrehire or call (01664) 502389 for more details.