At first the group met once a month, but due to growing numbers and over a short space of time, the first ‘daily’ activities began with our first home at The Miners Social Club at Coalpit Heath. The membership of Paul’s Place continued to increase, and we quickly outgrew the space available at The Miners and were soon looking for a new home. In 2007 Coalpit Heath Cricket Club offered Paul’s Place the opportunity to relocate. Growing numbers meant that Paul’s Place continued to expand and in 2011, due to the fantastic fundraising efforts of all at Paul’s Place, the Paul Willmott annex at Coalpit Health Cricket Club was opened. The annex provided more facilities and has allowed the charity to support more people. A People’s Lottery Grant soon followed which paid for an external ramp that made the outside space accessible to wheelchair users.
Paul’s Place was registered as a charity in 1997 and remained an unincorporated organisation until January 2020 when Paul’s Place became a limited company alongside a charity. At this time, our official and legal name became Paul’s Place (South West) although we are still known simply as Paul’s Place.
Paul’s Place would not be the organisation that we are without the vision, determination and efforts of the founding members and all those who have supported the charity along the way.