St Paul’s AIMS: To provide a well maintained, high quality Community Hub in The heart of Worthing Town Centre for all people.
- Build a more responsible sustainable community through sharing and collaboration.
- Provide a happy, safe, welcoming and stimulating environment for all users regardless of race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age or other aspects of what we look like or where we come from.
- Encourage users to have a positive attitude and respect for both themselves and their environment.
- To serve the community by maintaining a suite of affordable, modern, attractive meeting rooms and associated facilities in a friendly town centre site.
- Promote a positive relationship with users, local people, charities and businesses. To work in partnership with them to provide a high quality environment.
- To be widely recognised as a successful, busy, vibrant, inclusive, caring and friendly town centre venue enabling and encouraging excellent life-enriching service provision, identifying and servicing the needs of all from the youngest to the oldest in the community.
- Undertake regular monitoring and evaluation of our services to ensure that the centre continues to meet the needs of our users.
St Paul’s, initially paid for by Worthing’s wealthy Christiansbuying and leasing pews effectively excluding the poor, has followed a path of becoming increasingly available to people of all faiths and none, accessible to those of all abilities and incomes, enjoyed in safety by all ages, races and creeds. In 1893 the building was extended, upgraded to church status and dedicated to St Paul who saw a blinding light on the road to Damascus and thereafter took advantage of his status as a Jew and a Roman citizen to preach tolerance to both audiences. St Paul’s Centre Worthing Community Project is the latest development in opening up and sharing this building. St Paul’s is Worthings most central, most vibrant community centre.
Our Cafe is open 8.30am-4.30pm Monday-Saturday. We also provide rooms and event space for charitable and commercial activity.
This grade II listed venue is run by and for the community.
Volunteer your time or ideas by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stpaulsworthing.co.uk
What the community says about us
Transition Town Worthing, St Paul’s has always provided a kind of base, second-home and latterly a place to run our pop-up community energy desk from. We have run various events from this lovely space over the years and we feel very much part of the team. The staff have always been so friendly, welcoming and helpful and the management team have tried to facilitate various (often unusual) needs, including facilitating the launch of two major local food initiatives – Catchbox and Farmdrop.
It’s a great space to work, play, communicate, share and gather in. It’s always buzzing with life – so many people meet there on a very regular basis – young families, groups, people who want to chat informally with work colleagues, community partnerships and individuals sharing creative ideas, or simply people who want to pop into a spacious, lively yet elegant venue for a nutritious meal or tea/cake.
For us it’s our hub, it’s where our planning group meet every Friday and many wondrous schemes have been birthed within these hallowed walls. Like many people, when they found out in December 2015 that St Paul’s was going to fold, we were desperate to help to keep things afloat – we all felt that this community treasure could not be allowed to go under and so we are more than happy to be part of St Paul’s in its new incarnation and support when and where we can. Long may it live!
Pauline – Transition Town Worthing