Expansion plans for murdered Sheffield organist project

Maureen Greaves at the food bank
Maureen Greaves at the food bank
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A community project set up to help the needy in a Sheffield suburb by a murdered church organist and his wife, is going from strength to strength.

The St Saviour’s Community Project was set up by Alan Greaves and his wife Maureen in High Green, three weeks before his tragic death in December 2012.

The project began with a food bank and charity shop, but has this year expanded to offer a job club, financial advice and a community meal to local residents.

Maureen Greaves told The Star: “Things are going really well and we’ve got exciting plans for the future too.
“We now have a job club, savings scheme and have a community meal every week.

“We do sell some furniture but we want to sell more so we are looking for premises and we want people to start thinking about giving us their unwanted furniture.”

The job club was set up at the end of January and takes place every Tuesday from 1pm until 3pm at the project’s premises at the Mortomley Road shops in High Green.

On a Thursday from 9.30am until 10.30am the charity runs a financial advice serv which includes a savings scheme and micro-lending service.

And every Friday evening the project’s volunteers hold a community meal for those in need in the High Green area at St Saviour’s Church Hall.

“It’s not a pensioners’ group or a lunch club,” said Maureen, “it’s a community meal and we have a whole range of people who come along.

She added: “We have people with learning difficulties, families and some people who are extremely intelligent but have fallen on hard times or split up with or lost their partner.

“It is open to anybody with a need.”

The project was a dream shared by Maureen and Alan, both former social workers.

Three weeks before Alan, aged 68, was brutally attacked as he made his way to St Saviour’s Church for the Christmas Eve service, the couple found and began to decorate the premises thanks to financial backing from the church.

Jonathan Bowling, aged 23, is serving a life sentence for Alan’s murder and Ashley Foster, is serving nine years manslaughter.