Thursday, 23rd November 2017
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COMMUNITY CENTRE

Community centres are public areas within towns and suburban areas that are used as hubs for social support, activities for young people, community information, learning facilities and recreational resources.

The oldest community centre in the UK was established in 1901 in Thringstone, Leicestershire by the old age pensions pioneer, Charles Booth. Taken over by Leicestershire County Council in 1950, it still thrives as an educational, social and recreational community resource.

Young People and The Community

By bringing together the community, each individual is able to offer and take support from the people who live around them.

Community centres have also proved very beneficial in reducing levels of crime as youngsters are able to come to the centre to learn skills and develop hobbies.

This means that young people can prepare for their future and find help getting a job rather than getting involved in violent culture, often brought about by a lack of positive interaction or activity.

Community centres form a major part of community development and democracy. Certain centres will serve a specific purpose, such as an arts centre.

People are needed to work in running community centres and interacting with the people that use them, such as those involved in charity and social care. This can involve being a point of contact for local users, or simply arranging events for the local community.