We want to engage with our community, meet local needs and care for those that are lonely and isolated.
Through our drop-in sessions, we welcome up to 60 people each week with a freshly prepared hot meal and opportunities to make friends and learn new skills. Please feel free to come and join us every Friday from 11:30am. In addition, over 55s are invited to attend our new community social club every Tuesday from 1:30pm.
You will also see us visiting a variety of people in the community. Engaging with our community informs us of the challenges that they face on a daily basis and helps us to shape the services that we offer. We help isolated, elderly and needy families in our area by providing access to information, supporting people to access specific services and meeting basic needs. We also offer bereavement, depression and mental health support.
Batley Community Outreach Centre
Visit our drop in centre, where we serve hot meals, desserts, tea and coffee, alongside counselling and signposting. Open to anyone in the community.
Come and join the NEW community social club for the over 55s in Batley. Activities include Films, BINGO, Green Bowling, Karaoke, Chair Aerobics and many more...
Batley Community Outreach Centre is run by a small team of volunteers led by Benjamin Ayesu. The centre has been serving the local community since November 2013 supported by an Awards for All grant.
"If it was not for the drop-in I would still be stuck at home getting deeper into depression"
"My son is in prison, I have to look after his two children - the drop-in is a lifeline"
"The food that is served at the centre is the only proper meal I eat each week"
"I have been coming to the drop-in for five weeks and have really enjoyed meeting new people and someone to share my problems with"
On Friday 17th October, O2 Telefonica chose to support Batley Community Outreach Centre through O2’s Think Big initiative. Neil Fotherby, husband of charity volunteer Denise, has seen first hand the good that the Outreach Centre does in providing a hot meal each Friday for local people who have found challenges in their lives.
Neil approached the O2 Think Big initiative and received a £250 grant for plants and gardening equipment to brighten up the area surrounding the centre. More importantly, he also secured the services of 12 of his colleagues from O2 to spend the day gardening, helping serve the hot food and engaging with men and women attending the centre.
The O2 team saw the practical outworking of BCOC's mission statement first-hand commenting that, "It was good to see the work that the centre does and we had a great day talking and listening to the helpers and people attending the centre."
The team will return in the spring to see how the area looks when all the plants take hold and to meet everyone again.