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Volunteer Awareness Week

18 - 24 June is Volunteer Awareness Week and we would like to acknowledge the wonderful team we have at the Community House. Many of our volunteers have been coming for many years and they have truly become a part of our "family". There is an incredible range of skills among the team, from those who serve on the Governance Board, to our till operators who serve the customers, to the hardworking sorters of donations, the people who put the goods on display and keep the shop clean and tidy, to the behind-the-scenes handyman and van driver assistants. We have over thirty people involved on a monthly basis, some come several times a week. We could not operate our shop without our volunteers and it would not be the cheerful, friendly, vibrant place that it is without them. THANK YOU to each and every one of them for their commitment to our community.

Wentworth College donation

Our Foodbank has been incredibly busy during the last two months and our supplies were running very low. Now the shelves are well-stocked again thanks to over twenty boxes of food donated by Wentworth College in Gulf Harbour. We were approached by some senior students as part of a community project that they were doing and after a few emails backwards and forwards we were invited to collect the boxes from the school.

Judith and Christine then had a busy morning unpacking all the donations and filling up the shelves. Here are the results.....


What an amazing effort by the students and wider school community. Thank you so much. We are very grateful and know that the families and individuals who come to us for assistance will share this appreciation.

Governance Board members

The Community House is governed by a board of mainly local people. At our recent AGM we welcomed many of our existing members back for another term as well as two new members in the form of Laraine Sheffield and Ramon Rae. Laraine is well known in the local not-for-profit sector and Ramon is one of our hardworking shop volunteers. We are lucky to have great continuity in our Board and thank all the members for their commitment, enthusiam and input. See Our Team page for all the details.

We have finally allowed our long-standing Vice Chairperson, Rique Higgins, to retire. Rique had been with the Community House and on the Management Committee/Governance Board for more than ten years. He had also done a term as Chairperson. Now that he has retired from his counselling role and has taken up new activities he is enjoying a well deserved retirement. Rique has been a tremendous source of wisdom, cool thinking, straight talking and great humour over the years and we will miss him from our "family". Thank you Rique and all the best.

AGM Report

Thanks also to all who attended our recent AGM. Due to a slow response from our auditors our audit report was not part of the reports presented on the day. It is now available from the office if anyone would like a copy. Details will soon be updated on the Charities Commission website also.

Venue Hire Opportunity

Do you need a venue on a weekly basis for a group or course? Our childcare building on the corner of Centreway Road is currently available during the day on Tuesdays, as well as every evening. While it is not suitable for disabled people it is very versatile in other respects. See our Childcare page for photographs and Services page for rates and description.