The Malt Cross’s relationship with community wellbeing began in 1989, when the Potter’s House Trust used the site as a coffee shop where people in need could find counselling and support. Since that time, Malt Cross’s role in supporting the local community has only grown.
In 2003, a group of city centre churches set the Malt Cross up as a charitable trust, hoping to help the community with outreach work. Nottingham’s Street Pastors, who can be seen helping inebriated and vulnerable people in Nottingham on a Friday or Saturday night, have been based at the Malt Cross ever since.
Our relationship with YMCA was forged in 2018; a natural partnership based on shared values and a commitment to serving the Nottingham community.
We are passionate about hosting exhibits from independent artists, creative classes, and community groups. Our workshops, which include a dazzling array of creative skills such as lampshade making and silversmithing, are often run in partnership with Debbie Bryan, an award-winning art gallery in Nottingham.
We thrive on the company and artistry of local musicians, poets, storytellers, and performers, regularly hosting independent creatives such as MissImp Improvised Comedy Theatre and DJ Stiff Kittens. Those who come to our Spoken Word nights are treated to a feast of rousing and evocative oratory.
Working hand-in-hand with YMCA, we support groups, partners, and projects that share our community values. The School of Artisan Food project is for young residents in supported YMCA housing. Our chefs are delighted to teach them how to cook over an 8-week course, giving them a crucial life skill while building confidence and promoting independence.
We also deliver cookery sessions such as biscuit and ice-cream making as part of YMCA’s Adventure Guides programme – a local community initiative that is all about families spending quality time together.
We’re always eager to hear from the local community about partnership opportunities, so if you’ve got something brewing, please get in touch!