Building The Future
St Johns Centre Walworth
‘St John’s Centre will provide a safe environment in which people from all groups within the local community can meet together for social, educational and recreational activities.’
This is the Mission Statement put together by the Working Party formed in 2010 to oversee the modernization and refurbishment of the old Institute as it was transformed into the new St John’s Centre. This not only makes clear the purpose of the new Centre but reaffirms the original aims of the building when it was first gifted to St John’s Parish back in 1901. It was a building to be used by the church and local community.
The history of the Centre is well documented elsewhere on the website and makes good and important reading as part of the social history of our part of Walworth.
Long term historic users of the Institute/Centre have re-established themselves (SuperArts, St John’s Pre-School and Lighthouse) and have been joined by new tenants (London Bridge Language School, Total Function and the Elephant and Castle Healthy Living team) all of whom provide quality services to the community. It has always been the intention that the ground floor hall would be used to provide space for groups within the community that would meet for social or recreational reasons. A senior citizens luncheon club has already started The Silver Liners which provides a soup and sandwich lunch with recreational activities in the afternoon on Tuesdays, and this is growing fast. There will be other initiatives for other age ranges and other needs and if you can see a gap that needs filling please get in touch with Toni Assirati our Centre Manager.
Volunteer helpers are always welcome subject, of course, to the correct checks being made.
This website will keep you in touch with what is going on at the Centre. As it develops it will also link you to the Church website and the website of St John’s Primary School.
Father John Walker