A Brief History
Delta grew out of the community ministry of North Avon Baptist Church (NABC) that began in 1985, has formally taken over from the Richmond Mission which had been active on the site since 1911. Delta was registered as a charitable trust in 1995 and began operating from the NABC premises with a vision to support and empower people experiencing disadvantage in the local area. Since then, Delta has grown substantially in response to local and city-wide community needs and aspirations. In 2003 the NABC formed the North Avon Property Trust to purchase the former Shirley Rugby Club beside the Church. This multipurpose building was thus renamed Delta Community House and made available for use by Delta as a community center for all our activities.
Today Delta Trust has three departments: Friendship Link, which provides services to people with intellectual and/or psychological disabilities, the Evergreen Club, which runs a programme for older persons, and Community Development Services that encompass our Empowerment courses, Food Store, budget advice, community meal and café, cultural support groups, community gardening and other initiatives. Some of these ‘other initiatives’ include facilitation of the Richmond Community Action Network (RCan).
Since the earthquakes between 2010 and 2012, we have been stretched as an organization and community but are pulling through by taking it a day at a time and not pushing ourselves too hard. We don't know what we would have done had Delta Community House not withstood everything thrown at it. Our presence in the community has been so important with over 7 other local community and church facilities knocked out of action or demolished. Many community groups have had to close or relocate out of the area so we are thankful we have been able to keep going as we seek to support the rejuvenation of our community.
Through dedicated staff and volunteers, thousands of people have been supported by and/or involved in Delta over the years, making a significant difference to their experience of community life.
Our Board of Trustees
- Margaret Nouwens (Chairperson)
- Tim Weir
- Anne Coldron
- Sam Chalmers
- Pat White
- Mary Alan