The Silver Road Community Centre is a brand new community centre in north Norwich that is based in the former day centre known as the Silver Rooms.
We still have some way to go to prepare the building, and get the volunteers and staff on board we need to make this a reality, but our plans are ambitious. This will be a community Centre with a difference. Local people from all walks of life will be able to come together to share interests, take part in a wide range of activities, and receive information and support.
As well as hosting events and activities, we will help local voluntary bodies to develop new services and facilities by working with them to develop their campaigning and fundraising strategies.
Our Vision is to create a facility where local people have opportunities to:
- Make a contribution to life in the community and beyond,
- Come together to have their say
- Take part in mutual interests and activities which advance their personal development, learning and well -being
Our Mission is to create opportunities for local people to both make a difference to, and to benefit from, their communities, in the way that suits them best.
We hope that local community members will be able to make a difference through actions such as voluntary work, internships, being involved in the running of the centre, and supporting others. We also hope the community will get involved in the regular activities we’ll run each week to help promote the personal development, health and education of our community members.
The Silver Rooms
Our building was built in 1910 by the Church of St. James Pockthorpe as a meeting room. It was bequeathed to Norwich City Council in 1972 as a community facility when the church itself closed.
In recent years the Silver Rooms has been owned and managed by Norfolk County Council as a day care centre for the provision of services for older people and people with physical and sensory impairment. Recent changes in the way the Government funds these services led to the council deeming the building no longer fit for purpose.
This is where we came in. After a lengthy battle with Norfolk County Council, we were able to secure a 25-year lease of the Silver Rooms on the proviso that we develop and maintain the building, and use it to provide services to our local community.