Community development and Merstham Community Facility
A Community Development Worker is based on the Merstham estate, funded by the Borough Council, Surrey County Council and a local charity.
The Community Development Worker supports local groups in developing projects which will benefit Merstham. She also helps to ensure service providers and community groups work together to benefit the Merstham community and is the manager of the Merstham Community Facility. To contact Merstham's Community Development Worker email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merstham Community Facility
2009 saw the opening of the Merstham Community Facility at 44 Portland Drive, which is available for use by local groups. It is now the base for a wide range of activities and learning opportunities, including ESOL classes (English for speakers of other languages) and free IT courses to support mental health and promote wellbeing. Merstham Food bank, run by Loveworks, is also based at 44 Portland Drive.
In January 2012, the Merstham Community Facility Trust, working with local partners, opened at second unit in the Portland Drive parade. 28 Portland Drive is home to the IT drop in service and Job Club three days a week, where residents have free access to the internet. The Citizens Advice Bureau and Raven's Moneywise team use the unit to offer drop in advice sessions and Action for Live start their healthy walks from the unit twice a month. Other support groups use the rooms at the rear of the unit, meaning that more is on offer for local people to get involved in.
- More information on the activities taking place is available on the in the MCFT units website.