Following a difficult period of lockdown Kingston Eco-op, a KVA project, is set to re-open at a new centre on 19 October.  

Kingston Eco-op is a longstanding Kingston project which started out as a partnership of local charities. The project is managed by Kingston Voluntary Action and they have partnerships with different local providers and organisations.

When the lockdown was in place in March, Kingston Eco-op staff were worried about how their community would cope as many of the people they support have learning disabilities and mental health conditions and would struggle with feeling isolated.

Service users used to meet at their previous centre to socialise and take part in activities. During lockdown the project shifted to making regular phone calls, going on walks and delivering fun things to keep busy at home. 

During the last six months Eco-op has had to deal with numerous hurdles. This included supporting people at a distance and finding a new premises.

However, Kingston Eco-op has found a light and airy new space at the Searchlight Centre in New Malden which brings many new and fun possibilities.

Kingston Eco-op acknowledge they owe a great deal to Kingston Mencap for helping make this happen.

Chris Williamson, Project Co-ordinator at Kingston Eco-Op, said: “It has been a difficult summer but our community has supported each other and we look forward to seeing what we can achieve together in our new home.”