Here at Mudeford Wood Community Centre we rely heavily on our fantastic group of Volunteers to keep us running on a daily basis, find out a bit about each of them below:
John & Gerry Bell
Hi guys, we are John and Gerry Bell. We are regular users of the Community Centre and participate in a variety of activities including U3A Badminton and Short Tennis. We became involved with the support of the Centre about a year before its adoption by the Trust and have been Volunteers ever since. We work in the Office on Tuesday afternoons; however, in addition we are responsible for maintaining the Booking System and ensuring that it accurately reflects the needs of our customers. We thoroughly enjoy working with a highly motivated team who are dedicated to providing an excellent service to the local community. Every day presents a new and interesting challenge and we are delighted to continue our support.
Keith Vinycomb –
I volunteer to help out with this local community organisation. I have been very surprised just how much goes on here and I also now take part in some of the activities as well. It is good fun and I really enjoy helping make it work for the community. All the other volunteers bring with them a huge range of useful experiences that all contribute towards keeping the centre going. We are always looking for more helpers to support us and every assistance is provided to new volunteers who join the team. Oh yes, and tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided!
Janet Kerr –
Volunteering at Mudeford Wood Community Centre has made it very easy for me to settle into an area where I arrived as a total stranger some 3 years ago. I have been made very welcome and feel like I am being useful while meeting lots of new people and generally feeling part of my local community. I would heartily recommend this way of getting out and about on a regular basis and justifying one’s existence. WE can all be of some use on our own level – just keep smiling and have some fun.
Johanna Brown –
My background is in Theatre nursing which was my career for 35 years. I have used the centre for many years since I retired to play tennis and when the centre was taken over by the trustees I decided I would like to become a volunteer to help keep this fantastic facility open. Working in the office is a varied and interesting job and not far removed from some of the work I had to do during my time as a theatre manager. The work is varied ranging from taking bookings, answering queries and looking after the regular centre users.Everyone here is very friendly and helpful and it is a very nice place to spend time in helping out. I would encourage anybody who ever thinks about volunteering to give us a go.
I volunteer on a Thursday morning and began volunteering at Mudeford Wood Community Centre two years ago when I saw a request for volunteers on the Mudeford Wood Community Website. I wasn’t sure what to expect as this was my first volunteering position but thought why not. I have been surprised at how busy the centre is and the volume of users is quite something. The variety of tasks is always unique and once my building background was discovered, maintenance work was added to my jobs list helping Keith who is another volunteer in the “maintenance department!
My name is Sam, I’m 16 and I have been working and volunteering at Mudeford Wood Community Centre for 3 years now. Since I have been at Mudeford Wood Community Centre I have gotten involved with a variety of different things from event planning and publicity, to helping out the volunteer co-ordinator. I assist with day to day operations and marketing the community centre, through maintaining our Facebook page, our website and by assisting the centre co-ordinator. I enjoy working at the centre because it’s such a lovely environment to be in and very rewarding being able to help others, whilst doing my bit for the community. I’ve learned some great skills and have had some great experiences, all because of the huge variety of things I’m involved with at Mudeford Wood that I can use to help me in later life.
I originally came from Lancashire but grew up in Yorkshire, Just after I tied the knot I ran
several pubs with my husband in Devon then moved over to Swanage to own The Ferry Boat Inn. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and made some wonderful friends along the way. I finally ended up in Christchurch about 2004 to retire. I love volunteering and find it very rewarding to give something back to the community. Mudeford Wood Community Centre has taught me many skills and is also helping me with my on-going battle with computers. I’m enjoying a fresh challenge and being able to get involved in events really makes the whole thing a lot of fun to be a part of.
I grew up in North Yorkshire moving to Southbourne in 2000. I have been involved with various community groups in the area for some years and enjoy seeing the great work they do. I am thrilled to have been given my role as Centre Coordinator here and in awe at how well the Centre has been morphed into a truly wonderful place full of bustling activities and groups in the past few years since the Trust and volunteers took over. I look forward to helping build and enhance the centre for the future and look forward to the new challenges ahead. We are always looking for additional help so if you think you can help for a few hours get in touch! I look forward to seeing you here at the Centre.