WATCH (Working Actively to Change Hillfields) celebrated 20 years and the official launch of Hillfields Community Library within the Centre.
The Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor John Blundell, officially opened the new library and school children from Southfields School, St Mary and St Benedict School and HillzFM Children and Young People’s project performed songs to mark this momentous occasion.
Relocating Hillfields Community Library into the WATCH Centre offers longer library opening hours, and will offer residents access to additional services through other projects available at WATCH including; Employment Support and training, Hillz Children & Young People’s Projects and Hillz FM Community Radio Station.
Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr John Blundell said: ‘Visitors to this wonderful Centre will be able to enjoy a great library service, staffed by friendly, knowledgeable local people – and that means so much to our city and to the people of Hillfields. Visitors will be able to enjoy all the benefits of the new library and those who come to use it will see everything that WATCH can do for them and their families.’
Co-founder member of WATCH Farid Noor said: “Ten years ago we didn’t think we would see it to 20 years, WATCH has survived the recession, and after a tough period is now flourishing again. I am proud to represent an organisation led by the local community, which provides key services that meet residents need. The WATCH centre is always welcoming and continues to provide front line services and support for those most in need.”
The success of WATCH comes after Centre Manager Trisha Evans and her team worked tirelessly to develop resources, secure funding and develop income streams for the charity, ensuring the sustainability of the charity for the medium term.
WATCH is a flagship organisation in Hillfields, founded by residents; it was officially launched in April 1998 and gained charitable status in 2005. Since then our work has made a significant difference to the lives of people living and working in Hillfields.
You can find out more about the services that WATCH delivers by visiting www.watchcharity.org.uk or visiting the Centre on Victoria Street, Hillfields, Coventry, CV1 5LZ.