About Us

The Freedom Centre is a Community Hub on the Mereside Estate in Blackpool run by Freedom Church Mereside.

After years of being derelict the leadership team along with the local community have raised funds to renovate the former St Wilfrid’s Church Hall and give it back to the community as a place of social gathering and an access point to activities and support.

The centre offers a warm welcome and a place where you can enjoy a good cup of coffee from Martha’s Kitchen whilst browsing around our Second Chance small charity shop. Our kitchen also offers a light menu of toasties, cakes and daily specials at very reasonable prices.


The centre is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 1pm and is available to book for private functions and meetings outside these hours. Alongside our kitchen and charity shop we also have a small conference room called Lighthouse that will seat up to 10 and a small quiet room called Mary’s Room for one-to-one support or a private meeting room for counselling or therapy. Why not have a look at our Room Hire page for more information.

Your Centre Manager Pete is available to assist with any enquiries and can be reached through our Contact Us page.

Peter Tomkinson
Freedom Centre Manager

Alongside being our Centre Manager for the Freedom Centre Pete is a commissioned Church Army Evangelist and is the Fylde Coast Training Hub Leader for M:Power, a training course for Urban Church Leadership. As a Former Soldier Pete brings a great deal of leadership experience and organisational ability to the team.  

An encounter with God whilst serving in the Army changed his life.  He lives a life transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and his hope is that others will get to know the transforming power of our God who loves us.

Pete likes to try and keep fit but after 27 years of having to keep fit in the military he admits to struggling to find his trainers most days!

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