Volunteers step in to save community centre

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TWO members of staff at a South Yorkshire community centre have been made redundant – and volunteers have stepped in to try and run the building in a bid to secure its future.

Staff at Kilnhurst Community Resource Centre on Victoria Street in Kilnhurst, Rotherham, had to lose their jobs to help save money and to help keep the building open, trustees said.

Andy Brewerton, vice chairman of the centre’s Action Group, said: “It’s obviously a sad situation when we have to make redundancies. The Trustees were determined to save the centre for the people of Kilnhurst, but the only way we could do that was for us to become volunteer-led.

“I’m very grateful for our small but dedicated team who are working together to keep the doors open.”

The centre hosts a range of community health and local interest activities including line dancing, tai chi, a family history group, bingo, zumba fitness classes, a computer group, a home education group and mother and toddler sessions. It can also be hired for weddings, parties, dances and conferences.

Mr Brewerton added: “We’re always keen for more people to take advantage of the facilities and join in with what we provide. It’s a bright modern building, owned by the residents of Kilnhurst, and the premises are available to hire for events, groups and activities.

“We’d love to hear from any local people who would like to offer to join our volunteer team.”

■ To hire the hall or to help with volunteering, email bookings@kilnhurst-community-centre.org.uk