Are you looking to get back into work?



National Lottery Funded & European Social Fund, Building Better Opportunities Shropshire.

Support for job seekers 19+ 

Whitchurch Community Services Association (Beechtree) supports participants with the skills they need to get into volunteering and/or employment. We offer:

  • One-to-one support – helping to set up email, register on recruitment websites and explore opportunities.
  • Support workshops – to build personal confidence/self-esteem, develop communication skills and address barriers to getting into work.
  • Social inclusion and volunteering opportunities – gardening and Walking for Health/work experience to improve social and communication skills and development of daily routines.
  • CV writing workshops and skills analysis.
  • Liaison with employers to support people in work.
  • Mock interviews – to help overcome phobias and anxieties and prepare for effective interviews.
  • Job searching and application support – access to laptops and completing job applications with support.
  • Weekly job club session to share experience and tips with peers and undertake training with support.
  • Signposting/referring to external training and support programmes.

Our programmes are shaped around the needs of individual participants and can focus on gaining skills, boosting confidence and increasing motivation.

We cover Whitchurch and surrounding area of North Shropshire, including Prees and Tilstock. To be eligible you must be 19+, on active benefits and  not in paid work or economically inactive.

To find out more please contact our Employability Officer, Debbie Spiers on 01948 258220 or email

Our Facilities

We have a multi functional meeting room which is available to rent. Ideal for meetings, training sessions, exercise and activity classes. Presentation equipment and internet connection available. Also available for parties.There is car parking on the Hospital site with some disabled parking bays available. We also have private counselling rooms available to hire. (More information here).

Main Activity Room showing different layouts.

Counselling Rooms.


Room Hire Charges.

With effect from September 2015 our room hire charges are as follows:

HirerCounselling RoomMain HallCafe room
Private Therapist£10 per hour£20 per session*-
Voluntary Organisation£10 per hour£15 per session*-
Statutory agency, businesses & colleges£12 per hour£30 per hour-
Any--£15 per hour
Celebration Bookings-£10/hr. ADD £5/hr to have cafe doors open.

 * Session = max 2hours, anything over will be charged proportionately.

Cancellation Charge = 25% of room charge if more than two weeks’ notice is given, otherwise a full charge will be made.

Equipment charge =  £7.50 per item – discussed on individual basis.

Catering options are available, please ask.

Tel: 01948 258220 to book or discuss.


The Beechtree provides comfortable and private facilities for a number of counselling services and our counselling rooms are also available for hire. See Room Hire charges here.

Some of the services using our facilities include:

  • Substance Misuse Team – call first on 01743   258800
  • Psychological Therapies – call 0300 123 6020
  • Arch Initiatives – Shropshire Recovery Partnership
  • Cruse Bereavement Counselling –  0845 6066812



We are a UK Online Centre

We’ll help you get online!

A computer session at the BeechtreeWe provide people with access to computers and the internet, as well as advice on using them.  Millions of people find that using computers and the internet makes their lives better and easier.  It can save time, money and hassle, and it’s fun too. You can use computers and the internet to do your grocery shopping, keep in touch with family and friends, find a job, book a holiday, help with homework and look up all sorts of information – from football results to weather forecasts, celebrity gossip to family health.

It doesn’t matter who you are, if you’ve never been near a computer before or even if you’re unsure about the whole thing – we’re here to help.  Why not give it a go and see what all the fuss is about?

When you are online it simply means that you’re using the internet.  And there are millions of reasons for doing it.  Here are just a few of the main benefits:

Convenience – unlike shops and banks, the internet is never closed.  So you can get whatever you need, or get in touch with whoever you like, whenever it suits you – and you’ll save time doing it.

Save money – Online you can compare prices and get the best deals on anything from gas and electricity to new cars and holidays.  Lots of companies offer extra discounts if you buy online.

Communication – email makes it easier to stay in touch with friends and relatives, wherever they are in the world.  There are also lots of different websites that can help you make new friends – or catch up with old ones if you want to.

Information – There are literally billions of websites out there.  So whether you are looking for a new job, the latest news, or researching your hobby, you’ll find all the information you need online, in just a few minutes.Whatever your level, whatever your interests, if you want to join in and get the most out of computers we’re here to help. So why not get in touch.

Computer Access at the Centre

Main Hall.

A variety of software is available on our machines, including Microsoft Office Suite; there is a charge of 15p per page for B&W and 20p per page for colour printing.

Local Food Café – Internet.

One laptop is available for Café customers to use free of charge between 9.30am – 11.30 am and 2.30 – 3pm Monday to Thursday.

Free access to wi-fi is available for Café customers who bring their own machine. 


Walking Football

Men’s Walking Football – New Members needed!

Warming up
Warming up

How do you fancy getting into football? How many times have you promised yourself that you would do more exercise but there is always some excuse! Walking Football could be what you are looking for. It’s a bit like 5 a side football but without the running. Games are played at a slower pace to reduce the threat of pain, discomfort and injury, with players briskly walking through matches.
We meet on Tuesdays at 2pm in the Market Hall, Whitchurch Civic Centre. Registration with the Beechtree is compulsory.


In the UK around 22% of men die before the age of 65, compared to 13% of women. Although physically active men have a 20 – 30% reduced risk of premature death and 50% less chronic disease, by the age of 55-64 only 32% of men say they take the recommended half hour of exercise five times a week.

Walking Football

In the context of an ageing society, rising levels of obesity and the growing incidence of late onset diabetes, it is thought Walking Football has the potential to make a significant impact by building strength, improving balance, maintaining health, improving sleep and managing stress.  It’s a great way to start exercising again, to have a kick about, to make friends, to have fun.

Interested? Then contact James here at the Beechtree for more information.

Healthy Eating & Cooking

We and our children are suffering the consequences to our health of generations of bad eating habits and misinformation.  30% of children aged 5+ in Whitchurch are overweight or obese! We must discourage consumption of junk, fast and processed food and encourage more natural eating habits by setting the example ourselves. We can make positive differences to our whole life by giving our body what it needs.

What you eat affects your mood, energy and your resistance to infection.   It can help fight disease and promote good health.  You don’t have to radically alter your life-style – there are hundreds of small changes you can make to improve the way you feel mentally and physically.

These hands on cooking sessions give you the opportunity to prepare, cook and eat/take home a different delicious meal each week in an informal atmosphere. The aim is to suggest easy, simple, alternative meals that don’t stretch your budget or take all day to prepare.


Art & Craft Sessions

Regular art  sessions are held at 10am – 12pm on Mondays, excluding Bank holidays.  Cost £20 for 5 week block.

Expand your artistic skills, develop your own style and motivate your own creativity all within a fun atmosphere.

Try your hand at something new or take up something long forgotten. You will be able to explore a range of different techniques and subject matter  from drawing skills, acrylic and watercolours the language of shape, playing with tone and composition, use of different textures, the possibilities are endless.

Lizzy Thain the class tutor enjoys teaching and sharing her love of art. She has a passion for her craft which she is able to pass on to her class.

So why not come along and see what can be done with a little imagination and a lot of enthusiasm

Gentle Exercise to keep you fit

Move It or Lose It is an excellent choice of affordable exercise for older people and those with a disability to challenge their fitness levels, from the very active to the not so active. Move It or Lose It classes have grown in popularity as people are now living longer and want to maintain a good level of personal fitness. The classes provide gentle exercise to music for older people and anyone of any age with a disability. Its aim is to promote health, increase mobility and independence, improve strength, coordination and balance and counteract isolation and loneliness. Move it or Lose It Sessions are held Tuesdays 12:30 till 1:30 at the Beechtree Centre, cost £3. For more information please contact the Beechtree Centre on: 01948 258220


Session Times

Young people are welcome to come and take part in free sessions that are led by a qualified Youth Worker, Youth Support Worker and a team of volunteers. We aim to increase provision for young people to participate in regular art, music, drama, healthy cooking, computer and media activity and support young people to reach their full potential.   For any other activities suggestions are welcome – its your session.   The Young People Sessions are on Mondays 4 – 6pm for ages 10 – 11 and Thursdays from 5 – 7pm for ages 12 – 16.  There is also a Young Mens session on a Wednesday from 6-8pm .If you have any other queries please do not hesitate to contact me: Tom Nielsen Youth Worker T: (01948) 258220 E:   Beechtree Community Centre, Claypit Street, Whitchurch. SY13 1NT.