In 2006 management of the Centre returned to the Shinewater Community Church and was renamed the Shinewater Shaftesbury Centre.
In 2008 the Centre became independent from Livability (formerly know as The Shaftesbury Society). The trustees decided to keep the original name of the centre and to continue to include Shaftesbury in the centres name.
In February 2012 the SSC moved from under the auspices of the Church and became a charitable Trust in its own right.
The Shinewater Shaftesbury Centre has been serving Shinewater, Langney and the wider community for over 20 years.
How did it all begin?
The following timeline gives a short history...
In 1992 the Ian Gow Memorial Health Centre was built at the heart of the Shinewater estate. Shinewater Community Church, which continues to meet in the Community Centre next door, asked if they could cover the building costs of adding on two small rooms to the Health Centre premises. This then opened as the ‘Chat Shop’ run by volunteers from the church as a drop-in centre for the community.
In 1994 the Centre became managed by the Shaftesbury Society (now Livability) although the Shinewater Community Church still kept overall responsibility for the Centre and the work expanded and grew.
Since 2012 the work at the Centre has grown and expanded to its present day team in 2018 of 4 trustees, 4 centre staff, 4 advisors, 14 counsellors and 5 volunteers.
We still operate from our Milfoil Drive premises and offer advice appointments Mon-Thursday 9.15am -12.15pm we now also offer extra advice appointments at The Gateway Centre, Hampden park Mon & Wed 9am-12pm.