Staff and volunteers at a Dudley community centre are celebrating this week after being awarded a nationally-recognised accreditation for the quality of support to its volunteers.
Published 05 August 2013
The Woodside Community Centre hosts a wide variety of activities for people of all ages and abilities, including a weekly Youth Club for the under elevens and a Quest Group for people with learning difficulties. There are Stay & Play sessions for toddlers and parents on Mondays, Job Club on Tuesdays and a Friendship Group for the elderly twice a month. A Local History Group utilises the Woodside Community Centre for its monthly meetings and if you want to get fitter, there’s gym and fitness equipment available as well.
But it is in recognition of how volunteers at Woodside Community Centre are encouraged, supported and developed that has earned the centre the Investing in Volunteers award. Up to thirty regular volunteers give hundreds of hours each year, sharing their knowledge, experience and expertise in all manner of things free of charge.
Investing in Volunteers assessors complimented Woodside Community Centre trustees for the value they place on their volunteers.
John Pestana, Chairman of the Woodside Community Centre Trustees, said:
“Our volunteers are key to everything we do. From administration work, cleaning and catering to art classes, nail & beauty sessions, teaching basic computer skills and how to apply for jobs, they make the centre an invaluable asset in the community. The Investing in Volunteers award shows that the Woodside Community Centre Trustees appreciate the enormous value of their contribution.”
Woodside Community Centre was chosen to take part in a national pilot and supported by staff from Dudley CVS Volunteer Centre in Brierley Hill.
Woodside Community Centre Office is open every day 9.30am to I.00pm