THE AVELEY community centre on the high street is a thriving hub of community activity. The brainchild of Rev Alan Field and the hard-working community forum and organised by Ray Munro-Crump it has developed into one of the borough’s great success stories.
So let us have a look at what they are doing this spring and summer.
Thursday 5th April
Easter Lunch & Bonnet Competition Aveley Public Hall Call The Centre for Tickets
Thursday 7th June
Queen’s Jubilee Lunch with entertainment
Aveley Village Brunch Club
Youth and Community Centre
Second Saturday Monthly 10am to 12 noon
Egg, Sausage & Bacon Rolls £1.50 and as much Tea or Coffee you can drink!
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Street Party In The Recreation Ground
Entertainers Music BBQ Rides 1950’s Themed Games Face Painting
Aveley Olympics in The Recreation Ground
Competitions Sports Inflatables Penalty Shoot Out BBQ Stalls
The Forum always needs your help
As you will have seen a lot is going on at The Forum, both in the Centre and in our Village. And while the Forum members are kept very busy there is no way we could do all this alone. We would like to thank all the volunteers who help out with our activities and, of course, the funders without whose support much of what we have achieved over the last couple of years would never have happened.
Over the last few months we have had the following funding: £70,000 from the Aveley Youth Facilities Fund held by the council, £50,000 from the Tudor Trust, £10,000 from the Lottery’s Awards for All and £4,000 from the CVS’s Thurrock Council funded Community Grants Programme.
With their help we are making Aveley a better place to live and work.
Progress, Development & Fresh Ideas in Aveley
You may have seen these words in the local press recently. The first words are the motto of the Tudor Trust. So why are we headlining them? Because the Tudor Trust has just given the Forum £50,000. Why? You may well ask. It seems they like what we are doing for the young people of the Village and have agreed to help us do more. The money has meant we have been able to make two of our part time youth workers into full time posts. Our two team members, Bal & Jade, can now extend the evening work of the Youth Centre (200 members and still growing) into the daytime and with older young people.
They will be specifically looking to help those of our young people who do not work or are not in training work out what they want to do and help them find ways to achieve this.
One of the ways is our Jump Start Course. This is a 10 week course for 10 young people. Joint funded by the Forum, Tudor Trust and Thurrock Council’s Youth Service, it give basic qualifications in a number of work related skills, teaches how to write CVS, handle interviews, build self-confidence and a whole range of other skills, all designed to improve the chances of getting a job or finding the right training course.
Our first course has already started and we’ll let you know how it all went in later editions of the Aveley Update. By the way, we like the Tudor Trust’s motto as we think this is EXACTLY what we are trying to do.
Decorating The Centre
Last half term our young people decided to help out the Forum by redecorating part of the Centre. You will be pleased to learn that the Community Room is now decorated a nice quiet relaxing blue. But our young people wanted something a little bit different, something more fun they said. So with the help of a professional Street Artist, they put together their own designs, chose which ones they wanted and then completely redecorated the Youth Centre. This is just one of the walls. Each one is different. Even Spongebob Squarepants gets a look in. They’ve certainly put a stamp on their room.
And There’s More!
While it is great to celebrate and party from time to time we do a lot more in The Centre. Every day, except Sundays, we run a whole range of activities for all ages. We usually open at 10am each day and stay open most days until 9pm. We have regular activities such as our toddler groups and craft clubs, there is information and advice available in our Information Centre and we hold one off events to give specialist advice. About 3.30pm each day the Centre is turned over to the kids and they get their go at using the facilities. We do have a small number of spaces left so if you have an idea for a group or activity then please let us know.
We run our own Community Minibus. If you are a local community group and you need a minibus from time to time then you may be able to use ours. We don’t make a charge but a donation towards the costs would be nice. You need to provide your own driver and pay for any fuel used. Bookings are first-come-first-served and must be booked via the Centre or on 01708 862001
Aveley Village Community Forum
The Forum is open to people who live or work in the Village. The Forum usually meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Aveley Youth & Community Centre, 108 High Street, Aveley, RM15 4BX You can phone us on 01708 862001 or visit our website at www.aveleycf.org.uk