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Riverside House – more than a church building

During the last eighteen months Riverside House has become the venue for several community based organisations to hold either one-off days or a series of sessions for either training purposes or as a base for their activities. “Trafalgar Pocket Park” has used Riverside House for working with the local children and mothers with art and craft.

The Springfield project based at St Christopher’s (Moseley) uses Riverside House two to three times a year for away days for their staff and volunteers. Using our building has given all the staff opportunity to join in on the day as they do not have to deal with the practical issues of the day. This has proved very beneficial to them.

At present we have two groups that are using Riverside House regularly, “Dens of Equality” come in twice a month to run a supper club called “Billesley Boats”. This is an opportunity for their clients with learning difficulties to socialise and to experience different activities.

“Highbury Partnership”, backed by Birmingham Churches Together, are running ESOL (English for other language speakers) classes. These classes are available for those adults where English is not there first language. The aim of the course is to improve their language so that they can talk to doctors and teachers etc.

We regularly hire the main and side rooms, and a conference-style room to a growing range of community users, and local residents. Our aim is to connect with and serve our local community. By doing so, income raised contributes towards the maintenance, cleaning, and development of Riverside House. Riverside House hosts birthday parties, wedding receptions, day conferences, youth clubs, other churches, Sunday services, and of course our baptisms next weekend. If you want to hire Riverside for your event, get in touch!