Praise for Bedworth community centre team

Bedworth Heath Community CentreWarwickshire county councillors have praised the work of the Bedworth Heath Community Centre committee and its volunteers

The community centre, which sits on the boundary between Bedworth North and Bedworth West, serves the public in both constituencies.. To recognise the excellent work carried out by the centre, local county councillors Brian Hawkes and Sara Doughty nominated the community centre team for a Warwickshire County Council Community Volunteers Award.

The award was presented by Councillor Hawkes on a special visit to the community centre on Wednesday 22 February. Presenting on behalf of both councillors Cllr Hawkes paid tribute to the team of enthusiastic committee members and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to run the community centre and grow its services for local people.

Cllr Hawkes said “I would like to thank the centre’s committee and its volunteers, some of whom have supported the centre for over 20 years. The community centre is going from strength to strength. It provides accommodation for a wide range of local groups to meet and hold activities, with more planned for the future. This is all for the benefit of local people. This is a great example of how a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers can contribute to their community and make a big difference. I and Councillor Doughty commend their work and the obvious pride they take in the centre”.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “I am delighted that working with our partners the county council has launched the Community Volunteers Award. Volunteers play an absolutely crucial role in our communities and it is important that we take this opportunity to recognise their hard work and achievements.”

Chris Robson, Bedworth Health Community Centre committee chair, said, “ This award was a complete surprise to us. We are delighted, it is lovely to have our work recognised in this way. We are grateful to all the people and organisations that have helped and supported us”.

A spokesperson from Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (CAVA): “We were so pleased to hear about this very well deserved award to one of the borough’s most successful community centres. Bedworth Heath is fully volunteer-led, the team put in so much energy and time to make a real difference to the local community”.

The Bedworth Heath Community Centre is situated at 181, Smorrall Lane, Bedworth and provides a large range of activities and classes, including martial arts training (every evening), Tae Kwando, Upholstery classes, Zumba, Over 50’s dance classes, dog training, Autism coffee morning (3rd Thursday each month) and table tennis.

New activities coming next month are a community choir (open for everyone who likes to sing), a body fitness group and from April onwards, dance classes catering for children 3 – 15 years (three separate classes grouped by age) and also the ‘Tiger Feet’ dance classes too for children with disabilities.

The centre runs a coffee shop, hosts the local food bank every Friday (12-2pm) and runs the Little Gems Charity shop.

Anyone wishing to find out more can visit the website www.bedworthheath.org.uk email bheath@btconnect.com,or call 02476 362512.

Anyone who wishes to nominate a community volunteer or team of volunteers for an award can find more information by contacting the Warwickshire County Council Localities and Partnerships Team.northernareateam@warwickshire.gov.uk Tel: 01926737767

Anyone who wants to find out more about volunteering or help for voluntary and community organisations can contact Warwickshire CAVA at nunbedinfo@wcava.org.uk or call 024 7638 5765.

Photo: From left to right:Liz Rogers (Administration Support Worker), Peter Bend (Director), Chris Robson (Chair), Maureen Dix (Vice chair), Barry Jones (Treasurer), WCC County Councillor Brian Hawkes