We are proud of the work we do and the service and opportunities we provide the local community. We have gained credibility and respect locally and borough wide.
Here’s what people think about us:-
Les Harrison (Founding Volunteer)
The Community Centre was originally Wargrave Infant school. I attended as a schoolboy in 1927 and stayed fourteen years before I left to move to the big school. The Centre goes back a long way, it opened in 1987. I started volunteering in 1984 – the place was a right mess. Only half a roof, no windows and all of the wooden floors were ruined. I started helping out at the Centre with lots of other local people when it was derelict to make it into the Centre it is today. It took us two and a half years, seven days a week of sheer hard graft but the end result was worth it. It has become the heart of the community and we are all really proud of what we do. It is obviously a very big part of my life, it gives me a sense of purpose and belonging
In 2014 Les sadly passed away, he was one of Newton Community Centres founding members and its strongest supporters Les Harrison, Les was the driving force behind the original renovation of the old Wargrave school into the present Community Centre building, giving up all his free time and co-ordinating the building work and efforts of many other volunteers, including personally undertaking plastering and roof repairs, Les went on to continue to support the center becoming a longstanding volunteer which included weekend office cover and day to day repairs at the centre, without this great man giving so much we may never have had the community centre that we have today.
Dorthy Hughes (Long Standing Volunteer)
I have been volunteering at the Centre for since 1997 years and was a Treasurer for 3 years. I can honestly say that since I retired the Centre has kept me active.
I enjoy being a part of something which is providing for the local community. I have met lots of interesting people of all ages who come to the Centre to attend the courses and services on offer..
Dianne Lee (former Management Committee Member)
I have been coming to the Centre for 22 years, since 1990, and have attended several courses including Complementary Therapies and Spanish.
I have also been volunteering during my time here – in the Coffee Bar and also as a member of the Management Committee. I was Treasurer for 5 years and Chairperson for 3 years. I find volunteering very rewarding and have learnt many new skills. I’ve also made many friends with other volunteers.
Paul Thompson (Course Tutor)
I first started teaching Italian here at the Centre several years ago for the Workers Educational Association. I now deliver 3 more for St. Helens Adult & Community Learning and 2 French courses.
These courses provide a progression route for learners.
From the outset I found the Centre to be a very welcoming environment and thanks to the brilliant organisation, co-operation and enthusiasm of Anne, Cheryl, Tony and volunteers teaching here continues to be a great pleasure for me.
The rooms and facilities make for a pleasant teaching and learning environment and my learners bring a lot of their own experiences to the classroom which is nice for me.
On two occasions we’ve put on dances with the help of my musician friends to help raise funds for the Centre and it was really rewarding to see the support we received from the Centre staff and its users.
I became a volunteer at Newton Community Centre in October 2011 after looking for a volunteer opportunity, to work with children.
It’s great to be part of a team of volunteers who are passionate about what they do and want to make sure the children and young people have a great time. Club 4-2-6 is well organised and I was madewelcome as a new volunteer. I recently help organise an African cultural theme based around life in Africa which incorporated music and dance. So if you would like work with children why not join us? You could become a valued member of the “team”.
I first started attending the Community Centre in 2011, whilst in a women’s refuge. When I left the refuge I moved just around the corner from the Centre and decided to become a volunteer. I volunteer within the coffee bar and help set up the rooms for groups. I also distribute the Centre’s What’s On leaflets on the local housing estates.
When I started volunteering (and since then) I became aware of, and was encouraged to attend, several courses in Computers & I.T. As a result I now have gained new qualifications & skills. I also attended Self-Defence course and a Positively Thinking course – which have worked wonders for my confidence and self-esteem. All of these course were funded by the Big Lottery. I also made new friends from the courses.
I actually gave a “presentation” at the Centre’s AGM in 2012 in front of loads of people. I would never have believed I could do that a couple of years ago. I’ve so much to thank the Centre for.
My involvement with the Centre and the staff and volunteers helped me get back to being myself. The Centre has certainly made a difference to my life.
I have been attending the Centre for number of years learning Italian. There has always been a nice friendly atmosphere within the class and the Centre as a whole.
There are many recreational and educational opportunities on offer here and it’s a great place to meet people. I also volunteer and am glad to help keep the Centre going in any way I can.
The Centre has given me new interests. In 1995 I started attending the Indoor Bowling group. I really enjoy it and have made lots of new friends – we have a laugh and a chat.
I have done quite a few things at the Centre- crafts, a computer course, line dancing and have been attending a weekly keep fit class for years.
Rita keeps us on ours toes and in good shape! It’s more than just keep fit class. There are many more things to get involved in and the volunteers and staff are so friendly.Life would be dull without the Centre.
I have attended Newton Community Centre since 2003 and completed courses in Holistic Therapies, Reiki, Colour Therapy, Yoga, Pilates, Digital Photography, Dancing and Jewellery Making.
There are courses to suit every taste, including languages.
The atmosphere at the Centre is friendly and relaxed. Why don’t you come and join us?