A visit to St Michael’s Church and the Maybury and Sheerwater Community Trust (MASCOT) showed the High Sheriff how joined-up work by churches, local authorities, voluntary and community groups and residents can strengthen and transform communities.
Dr Llewelyn met the Reverend Gillaine Holland and Tracey Francis, before walking to the MASCOT Hub in Sheerwater, Woking.
The Hub is a facility for the trust, community organisations and agencies for local residents. It’s the place to go for everything from a Foodbank to career support, computer support and language help. Citizens Advice Woking also pops in every Thursday.
At the Hub, Dr Llewelyn was delighted to present a High Sheriff Award to Eddy Valletta and Martin Smith for their hard work at the centre, supporting the community of Sheerwater and Maybury.
Afterwards, Dr Llewelyn visited volunteers from the church who help to run a pop-up café. It’s an after-school activity for primary age schoolchildren mostly from Broadmere Primary School and their parents and carers. The children enjoy a healthy snack and play games and crafts.
Dr Llewelyn said: “The pop-up café was full of local families from all faiths and it was wonderful to see everyone clearly having such a great time.”