I’m Emma, I’m a local business owner and parent, and I’m on the Committee at the Beaufort Community Centre. I got involved late last year when Lynn, the interim Centre Manager, said they needed a parents’ representative. Since then I’ve fallen in love with the place and now I’m here to see if anyone else is up for the challenge of helping us achieve our goals.
We have big, big dreams for the Centre that will make it a real hub for the community if we can achieve them. We want to get the kitchen up and running providing meals for the isolated and vulnerable, we want to host community events like BBQs, Halloween parties, barn dances and shows, reach out to the local youth population with graffiti competitions, a youth club and sports, and create a welcoming space that belongs to everyone.
To get started, the Centre needs a lot of TLC, which is why we started the new Car Boot Sales. We need to do a lot of fundraising to make essential repairs, so we want to host other fundraising events, such as a Halloween party or summer BBQ. But we need people to do that. We need everything from event planners, gardeners and decorators, to plumbers, electricians and carpenters as well as people to show sellers where to park at the Car Boot Sales or put flyers through letter boxes. At the moment, honestly, it’s me, my mum, Margaret (another Committee member) and the staff members giving up their weekends to make it happen.
If you love Southbourne as much as I do, I’m hoping you’re up for the challenge and the opportunity to give something back to the community by helping the Beaufort Community Centre become even better.
Finally, I appreciate how valuable your time is, I really do, which is why the Centre won’t waste it. Drop us a line using the contact form below and let us know what time and/or skills you can offer us, then our volunteer coordinator will do their best to make sure your help is used wisely. You could make all the difference to a lot of people.