After building delays with the pandemic, our state of the art, multipurpose building opened in April 2022
Our vision for the Mead Centre is that it should be in the centre of the town and at the heart of the community, a place where all will feel safe and experience a generous welcome, and where positive relationships will be built, social injustice challenged and lives enhanced.
The Mead centre is a welcoming space for individuals, clubs, families, businesses and other community groups to gather in. We are working hard to make the Mead Centre a place of community in which to meet, celebrate, learn, grow, share and make a difference, making it possible to transform lives and enrich society.
We have tried to design the Mead Centre to be accessible to everyone in the community – and we hope it will raise awareness, increase understanding and enable active participation by all. The Mead Centre strives to be vibrant, joyful, adaptable, and spontaneous; it will be shaped by those who use it. What will you start here?
Our understanding of what might be offered through the Mead Centre has expanded considerably throughout the planning and developmental stages of this project. Initial ideas focused on the need for a warm, waterproof, multi-use, high quality, fully accessible, energy efficient building with a sensory room for use by children and vulnerable adults with special needs; through conversations with potential users the vision has become far more expansive with a much clearer commitment to those who are often disregarded or discarded and a determination to focus on the needs of the many groups of people in Newport Pagnell and beyond who feel isolated or excluded and to work in partnership with others to help create a more just, equitable and inclusive world.
We remain committed to working for and challenging injustices around:
· Reaching out to those experiencing loneliness and isolation
· Creating opportunities for children and young people with complex needs and life limiting conditions
· Providing safe space and support for young people struggling with the stresses in their lives including concerns about gender and sexuality and the use of self-harm
· Creating a dementia hub to complement the town’s strategy for Newport Pagnell to be a dementia-friendly town
· Supporting the needs of parents and foster carers
· Providing space and resources for men concerned about their mental health
· Supporting those wishing to start social enterprises and charities.
· Challenging food poverty, particularly amongst children, and address food waste in partnership with local businesses
If you have an idea, that helps build community, then get in touch - What will you start here?