“This is a holy place with a very big heart. It is where many people learn to love, care and respect each other and build trust in the power of community”
Zenith has been involved almost since the beginning in the mid-1980s. As an experienced community outreach-worker she was asked to support the small group who started the Centre. At that time, the area was quite isolated and Zenith set to work connecting people, talking to groups and making home visits. Her aim was always to be fully inclusive.
She recognised early on that people’s health is largely driven by having good friends, a sense of purpose in life and the feeling of belonging in a strong community. This belief underpins the core ethos of the Centre
During her first few years, Zenith built strong relationships with local partners including housing associations, schools and clinics. She helped secure funding to offer free nursery places which helped more young parents become involved. She organised community events, trips and talks. She recently became a trustee.
Founder Lord Andrew Mawson sought Zenith’s support for the first community Eid party at the Centre. He was hoping to get around 20 people to attend and was amazed when over 400 people turned up along with food to help the party along; all thanks to Zenith’s amazing outreach skills.
“The Centre means everything to me – it is truly a holy place with a very big heart. It is where many people learn to love, care and respect each other and build trust in the power of community.”