Alongside its cultural and creative contribution to the community, it also provides a variety of services for more marginalised members of the community. There are activities for people with learning disabilities, those suffering from social isolation, and a peer support group and milk bar for new mothers.
The centre has galvanised local people. “As soon as we can get people through the door, then we get them excited. Once you walk in, you become part of that community.”
The community has responded to that inclusive attitude too, and Southern Maltings have more than 80 volunteers registered with them.