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Emmanuel Church Woodley

The Emmanuel Neighbourhood Centre

In 2021, the Emmanuel Neighbourhood Centre opened a major extension to the existing building, which enables us to partner more effectively with local people and promote the wellbeing of our local community. This new facility has increased our floor space by over 50% and is being used to make a steep change in our community engagement and mission. The building work was completed to high environmental standards to reflect our desire to care for God’s creation and incorporate solar panels.

SHARE

Mondays, 3.30 to 4.30 pm
SHARE is a community project that offers a range of fresh produce, including bread and vegetables, which are either surplus or end-of-day items from the local supermarkets. Bring a bag and pick up some food; no referral is needed.
 
There is a minimum £1 donation, most of which will go towards local charities in Woodley. More information on Share Woodley can be found on their facebook page.  This service is run at 15 sites across the borough in conjunction with Wokingham council. 
Monday Drop-In
3:30 to 4.45 pm (term time only)

During Share, we open up the new hall at Emmanuel for those attending with children. There is space for children to play games, do crafts, and colour, and for parents and guardians to unwind and have a chat. You will be met by some friendly faces from Emmanuel’s congregation, who are also there to have a chat with. When the weather is nice, we open the garden for outdoor activities, including football.

Parents need to stay with their child throughout the session. We have space for the parents to sit, have a drink, and catch up with one another.

If you are joining us on a Monday and would like to access SHARE, we have a number system in place that means you won’t miss your opportunity to go through to the main hall and collect some food.  For more information about this group, contact Claire Jones [email protected]

Woodley Food Bank

Woodley Food Bank serves the people of Woodley and surrounding areas. If you need a food parcel, you can collect one from Emmanuel most weekday mornings. Please click HERE for more information and opening times on the Woodley Food Bank website.

Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch operates out of Emmanuel during school holidays. It aims to provide packed lunches for children in need within Woodley.

Please contact The Lunch Bunch if you would like to request a lunch. Click HERE for their website.

Emmanuel Community Garden

The Emmanuel Community Garden opened in 2022 with the help of Feely Fruity and Wokingham Council.

It encourages residents in our local area to grow organic fruit and vegetables for themselves and their community while at the same time becoming more socially and physically active. It helps fight isolation by encouraging people to form new friendships and relationships and developing stronger ties within their community.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering in the community garden, please contact Dave Mansfield by e-mailing [email protected].