Still open: The Connect Centre in Wells

ONE of the few places still open in Wells is the Elim Connect Centre – in line with the government guidance of March 23 saying community centres need not shut.

ONE of the few places still open in Wells is the Elim Connect Centre – in line with the government guidance of March 23 saying community centres need not shut.

Their Youth Club has had to close physically but is live on Instagram at 7pm on Fridays.

Their Outreach team are still delivering vital services for the homeless and rough sleeping. The Dairy House, Evergreen House and Housing First projects are still continuing to care for the residents and tenants. The Elim Connect Centre staff team in these roles are considered key workers. 

The Connect Centre building at the corner of Portway and Chamberlain Street remains open for the most vulnerable to deliver high priority need support. Opening hours are reduced to 10am-3pm. Call the office on 01749 677097 to speak to one of the team during these hours. For out of hours emergencies or to arrange a food donation drop-off call 07930 818328.

On Wednesdays 12pm-2pm a hot meal delivery or takeaway service is being provided from the Connect Centre for the most vulnerable, including families who receive free school meals, the elderly or frail who can’t get to the shops, and those isolated for long periods. It will run as follows: 

  • If you need a small food parcel or hot meal delivered register on the website www.connect-centre.org.uk or call the office. 
  • Limited numbers of people will be allowed in the building at any one time to ensure social distancing.
  • A maximum of two hot meals to be taken away or delivered.
  • There are clear markers on the floor for everyone to stand two metres apart.
  • Deliveries will be left at the door. There must be no contact between our volunteers and those at home receiving a delivery. 
  • Delivery drivers will be wearing gloves and regularly washing their hands.

Within the government guidelines places of worship are able to provide a room for individuals to come and pray. Elim are making one of their rooms a designated room for prayer. Only one person at a time will be able to pray and it will only be accessible during current opening times of 10am-3pm. Call the office 01749 677097 to check if it’s free. Wash your hands on entering the building and before leaving. 

The Connect Centre is also developing an online programme for community engagement. The following are in place: 

  • Gathered Church on Youtube and Facebook either live streamed or pre-recorded.10.30am-11.15am.
  • Life Groups will continue on Zoom video. If interested email jim@connect-centre.org.uk.
  • Coffee Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am.