Christmas Newsletter 2021

Christmas Newsletter 2021

Christmas Newsletter 2021 2000 1500 Sandra Munoz

The pandemic and lock downs put immeasurable strains on the young people and families in our neighbourhood in 2020-2021 and inevitably Providence House had to close access to our building for long periods of time but we have remained open throughout through programmes of outreach and remote working – including 10 weeks of radio shows including original music and interviews broadcast by Riverside Radio in 2020!

With the gradual lifting of lockdown we have followed guidelines to ensure safety for our children, young people and team members and slowly our usual programme of activities has fully resumed. We are grateful to God for his protection, guidance and many blessings here at Providence House.

Developing Skills and Talents: Music, performance and creative arts

Over the last 5 years we have created and developed a creative arts-based approach to our youth work delivery. We have found it a powerful motivator for engagement for some of the most vulnerable young people who engage better in different ways.

With our fabulous building, modern recording studio, stage and auditorium, and workspace for arts activities we are well set to expand our capacity for the provision of the arts.

As a major first step we are delighted to welcome Tracy Lenga as our full-time Creative Arts Worker and part-time Studio Manager Dre Hall.

Residentials and Developing Facilities at the Farm

Trips to East Shallowford Farm are still a regular part of our work. Over the past two years there has also been considerable building development including a new educational workspace building and a barn conversion with full modern facilities sleeping 27 people!

New Director at Providence House

It’s great news that our Senior Youth Worker, Esther Clevely, has accepted the invitation to become the new Director at Providence House. Esther has managed the youth work programmes at Providence for the last 9 years and is particularly keen to expand the direction of our arts programmes.

Farewell to Robert and Sue Musgrave

 Robert and Sue are as much the fabric of Providence House as the building itself but they feel it is time to step back from day-to-day involvement in the running of the operation. That they are able to hand over to such a brilliant team, is testament to the years of hard work and inspiration they have freely given from their hearts. Thousands of young people have benefited from their lifelong work and we all thank and wish them the very best.

 .. Except it isn’t Farewell ! .


Robert and Sue will still continue as trustees at Providence House, and Robert also at East Shallowford Farm. They are not ready yet to completely disappear over the horizon and look forward to many more years seeing the work of Providence House continue to thrive and serve this local community. We also welcome three new trustees to our board. Belinda Drysdale, Philip Dorman and Wale Adesina.

Christmas Activities at Providence House

There will be a customary blitz of Christmas activity over the coming month to keep our young members excited and busy including Ice Skating, theatre trips, Christmas parties and our end of year ‘Peace on Earth’ show which Covid permitting we hope will go ahead on Wednesday 22nd Dec 6-8pm.

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. We pray for Jesus to fill your hearts and homes with light and love over this coming season.

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