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is a Christian charity dedicated to creating opportunities for change with young people, children and families in Cambridgeshire—including teenage parents, young people with autism
Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. These signs all begin before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their...
, families with small children, and young people experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage.
The Romsey Mill Centre is in a part of Cambridge
The city of Cambridge is a university town and the administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire, England. It lies in East Anglia about north of London. Cambridge is at the heart of the high-technology centre known as Silicon Fen – a play on Silicon Valley and the fens surrounding the...
known as Romsey Town and is used by a large number of groups run by the charity and by local community organisations. Following a major redevelopment, the building was dedicated by the Right Honourable and Most Reverend Dr John Sentamu
John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu is the 97th Archbishop of York, Metropolitan of the province of York, and Primate of England. He is the second most senior cleric in the Church of England, after the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.-Life and career:...
, Archbishop of York in May 2007.
The charity was started in 1980 by five Cambridge churches under the inspiration and leadership of Rev Peter Phenna, who was then Vicar of St Martin’s Church. These churches saw that young people and families in the area were often experiencing significant social needs, but that they were unlikely to walk into a church service. Romsey Mill began as a way of serving local young people and families.
Since 1980, the charity’s work has grown so that in 2009 about 2200 young people and families used the centre during the year. The reach of its work now covers the whole of Cambridge and some parts of South Cambridgeshire using community venues in these areas.
Romsey Mill became a Children's Centre in 2009 providing Sure Start
Sure Start is a UK Government initiative applying in England, originating with HM Treasury, with the aim of "giving children the best possible start in life" through improvement of childcare, early education, health and family support, with an emphasis on outreach and community development...
services to families with pre-school children.
Romsey Mill’s patrons are: Hugh Duberly CBE (HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire); Colin Greenhalgh CBE DL, Lady Wilson of Dinton.