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About Us

The Welcome was started in 1995 and over the years we have grown into a fully functioning Community Centre offering a wide range of activities, services and support to the people of Longridge and Shaw Heath and the wider Knutsford area.  

The Welcome is open to all members of the local community including young children, teenagers, busy parents and the elderly.  We offer affordable, good quality, home cooked meals from our cafe and provide a variety of free and great value activities to suit a range of age groups and interests.  We also provide support and guidance on a range of issues for local people as well as distributing food hampers, sourcing furniture for those in need and supporting people with budgeting and employment and training opportunities.

The Welcome is a great example of what has become known as the Big Society and we were thrilled to be awarded the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award in 2011. The Welcome is a place where the community can come together and we are supported by a brilliant team of volunteers whose spirit and energy are essential to our day to day running.  Without their contribution The Welcome simply could not function and we were delighted to receive the Queen's Award for Volunteers in 2013.

Our funding currently comes from a mixture of supportive individuals, local businesses, Knutsford Methodist Church. charitable trusts, local government programmes and any profits we make through our cafĂ©.

The Welcome is very grateful for the support it receives from our local MP, Ester McVey and our Patron, George Osborne (formerly the Chancellor of the Exchequer).

The Welcome (Knutsford) is a Company guaranteed by Shares and is a registered Charity no 1142084. 

The Welcome is run day to day by our Centre Manager Sarah Riley  who has over 14 years experience in helping individuals in communities and being involved in social action.

Our Cafe Cook, Elenor McAndrew runs our kitchen so that it continues to provide good quality, reasonably priced food and drink to attract everyone in the community.

Sarah Pownell is our community support worker and responsible for co-ordinating our volunteers.

The work of The Welcome is overseen by a Board of Trustees which consists of Pete Bowler (Secretary), Anila Khalid, Richard Cussons, John Kinney (Treasurer), Christina Lees-Jones,  James McCulloch (local resident), Rev Sue Swires, Dr Roz Tavernor and Gill Weeks (Chair).

Meet the team

Sarah Riley

Centre Manager

Sarah has worked in the community since 2008 and took over as centre manager in Dec 2018.  She is responsible for day to day operations

Elenor McAndrew


Elenor has been working at The Welcome since 2012 and is responsible for the Cafe

Sarah Pownell

Support Worker 

Sarah has been working at The Welcome since 2018 and is responsible for outreach work and volunteer co-ordination