An Introduction…

The main objective of the Claremont First Step Community Centre is to create a meeting place that responds to the needs of the whole community.

The Centre, situated in the heart of Blackpool, opened in June 2000 and was established mainly through SRB Strategic Partnership for Blackpool. Since opening, the Centre has become a key resource for the community.

The role of Claremont First Step Community Centre is to address many of the needs highlighted by local people whilst at the same time, creating a meeting place, a venue to participate in community activities and learn new skills, a healthy living centre and access point for other community activities.

The Centre opened in 2000 having received £356,750 from SRB round 2 to develop the 100 year old, Grade II listed Methodist Church Buildings. The Claremont First Step Community Centre has also received funding of £262,884 from The Tudor Trust and The Community Fund to develop the work of the project.

The Centre lies in the heart of Blackpool’s Claremont ward, an area of tremendous disadvantage, having been placed in position 200 out of the 8414 English Wards on the 2000 DTLR Deprivation Index. The Claremont area has high unemployment, large concentrations of low-income families, single parent households, multi-occupancy dwellings, poor health and education attainment, and elderly residents. It is also a varied community which includes holiday accommodation and a large transient population. The high levels of community stress and low sense of community are being addressed by the project.

The Claremont First Step Community Centre is one of four “First Step Centres” in Blackpool. The Fist Step Centre is a concept created out of the necessity for improved community facilities in the town with varied purposes, but with a common theme of providing the means for local people to take positive steps towards improving the situations in which they live. This would be achieved by creating better access to community facilities and services and by providing opportunities to meet new people, get information / advice, or take part in community activities.

The premises include:-

Main hall

Computer Suite/Internet/Board Room

Training rooms

Counselling room

Monty’s Café

For more information about the regular activities which take place in the centre, visit the centre activities pages.