Shropshire teacher launches community hub
A teacher who combined her experience of tuition and want to help others has opened up her own community hub in a Shropshire town.
Jemma Stone has been teaching in schools around the West Midlands for more than 15 years – now the 41-year-old from Cleobury Mortimer has opened her own education centre, shop and community advice hub.
The centre, located in Talbot Square, in Cleobury Mortimer hosts three different uses to serve the community, specialising in offering advice on sensitive issues, tutoring and acting as a signpost to other external services.
"Helping people has always been a passion of mine," she said.
"Now I just want people to know we're here and readily available to help anyone that needs it.
"This has come about from me once having a tuition business that went out to people's homes. Now I do a similar thing but offer a more expansive service.
"The stigma surrounding many sensitive issues such as mental health is still very much around and I want to act as the gateway between people needing help, and people getting help, whether that be through myself or someone else."
The mother of one has launched Jadstone Learning Centre, catering for specific educational and learning needs including English, maths and music tutoring, Assist Angels, a community drop in service offering sign posting and life coaching and Delora's Retreat Botique, a shop selling homemade soaps, skincare products and clothes.
"I feel all the pieces to the puzzle are coming together now and I've had some incredible feedback from people who have already come by the centre," she added.
"What's missing now is just making people aware that what ever they're going through they can come out the other side and find the help if they need it.
"A lot of the services I've been offering are free and I do take a substantial amount of my own time and money into helping others but it's what I love to do and I'm constantly looking for people, businesses and external services to work with."
With experience of publishing her own book and releasing her own music on Spotify, Jemma also hosts weekly music and creative writing sessions.
For more information on the community hub, contact her on 07488420420.