LIFT repairs at WATCH Centre gives Community Access

BIG Lottery funding has enabled essential repairs to the lift of the WATCH Centre, Hillfields, returning it to service has improved access to the first floor facilities and the organisation’s Community Radio Station, Hilllz FM.

Trisha Evans, Centre Manager, said that “Having better-quality access to training rooms and Hillz Radio has in the last month enabled the centre to deliver additional English classes for a group of 14 adult learners. Making the centre more accessible has increased our ability to support joint work with disabled media students outside of their college providing access to a live radio station, promoting independent living, and increasing their employability skills”

The WATCH centre is a standalone provision in an area of mass disaffection and as such offers a lifeline to the many residents on the estate. Further improvements to the amenities will allow us to offer support to older residents and members of new communities and grow our ability to act as an interface between statutory agencies e.g. Social Services, Age UK, Primary Healthcare Trust, and the local community by organising regular events, and open days.



WATCH JOB CLUB Thursdays 2-4 pm 

@ The WATCH Centre, 12 Victoria Street, Coventry CV1 5LZ

“I would like to thank your team for the help you gave my sister in updating her CV recently. She had been off work with stress and in a vulnerable condition, worried she might lose the job she had been doing for the past 11 years. After visiting WATCH, my sister’s confidence levels increased so much. The advisor sat with her and spent the time creating an updated CV, which showed all the new skills my sister had learned in her current employment. She had been feeling worthless and bullied before she visited WATCH, but came away empowered and uplifted following her visits. This also helped in the process of recovery from her depressed state and she was able to return to work feeling stronger in herself and with added confidence for the future.
Many thanks for helping Jane and the many others who visit this much needed service in Hillfields. Keep up the good work!”

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