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Welcoming new neighbours at Larchfield

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Mark enjoys being creative
Welcoming new neighbours at Larchfield

Welcoming new neighbours at Larchfield

The craft group at Larchfield have been making house-warming gifts for their new neighbours. Middlesbrough’s new Community Police Hub is about to open nearby, and everyone at the craft workshop has extended a warm welcome to the boys and girls in blue.

Gifts of Welcome

Larchfield’s welcoming reputation meant that officers from the Police Hub were keen to meet their new neighbours. And Sarah and the team soon found a way to offer a helping hand.

“The new Hub will have a room called the Lighthouse Room” says Sarah “It's a therapeutic space where police officers who have dealt with distressing events can have a break before going back on duty.”

The Larchfield crafters have made cushions for the settees and window seats, driftwood wall hangings, embroidered pictures and woven rugs to give the room a calm, relaxing feel with a seaside theme.

Mark, who attends the craft workshop every week, enjoys being creative "It's good for me to use my brain as well as my hands" he says. "Coming to Larchfield has brought me out of my shell. If it wasn't for the workshop I would still be introverted and at home all the time. I feel comfortable here."

A Popular Place in the Community

Welcoming the wider community is part of the ethos at Larchfield, like all CVT communities. “53 people attend the craft workshop every week” says Sarah “but they don’t all live here at Larchfield. Many people live elsewhere, perhaps with family, but come for what we call 'day opportunities', to join in our regular activities. There aren’t many places like Larchfield locally - so people often travel some distance to get here.”

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