Need for more volunteers at busy centre

A TEAM of volunteers is needed to lead the way at Waring Green Community Centre.

New chairman, Tony Mead, has been appointed but more people are needed in order to form a committee to make the centre financially independent such as applying for grants and sponsorship.

Tony has taken over from Neil Robinson who has had to stand down as chairman due to ill health.

From April next year the centre will have to pay out around £19,300 after its £17,000 grant from Calderdale Council was cut.

“We have the lease until December 2016 and we have decided to continue with the lease for now. But the first thing we need to do is raise the money for next year,” he said.

Secretary Stuart Whittaker added: “We are trying to get a team to look at ways to keep the centre open and ensure it is here for a long time for the people of the community but we need the help of the people from the community and the businesses to achieve that.”

Tony feels he has a lot to offer by way of more than 30 years of business experience and hopes that he can become a useful committee member for the future.

“Waring Green Community Centre is a fantastic facility and the problem is if the council sell it off then it has gone and nobody will have the use of it that people now have,” he said.

“The many and varied activities that run here, catering for all ages are open to everyone. But we need to get the message out more and tell people what is available.”

He said although they were full most mornings, afternoons and evenings there was still much more that could be done.

There is adult tap led by Janet Austin, a badminton club, Brighouse Art Circle, Brighouse Scottish Country Dance, Casper’s, dance aerobics, Forget Me Not Club, Jo Jingles, karate, soccatots, Shine Theatre Arts, Molly Beaumont Dance lessons, nursery and out of school club, pilates, sew and so’s, sequence dance section and Brighouse Third Age group.

“We have a lot to offer at the centre and all the rooms are spacious. If anyone is interested in information about when the groups are on or would like to hire the room they can contact bookings secretary Maureen Hamilton on 07742669718.

“We are very optimistic for the future and if anyone is interested in joining the committee they can contact me on 01484 716635 or email I would be really pleased to hear from people that would like to volunteer at any level. Even if people just want to dedicate some of their time to serving cups of tea at some of the social groups. We just want to remind people that we are here.”