Emsworth Community Centre was awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating in a recent audit by independent organisation Visible Communities.
Mike Stott, chairman of Emsworth Community Association, the local charity that manages Emsworth Community Centre, said: ‘We’re thrilled to have received such a high accolade, which is a testament to the dedication of our volunteers and staff, who work tirelessly to make the centre a place for everyone to benefit from.
‘Having received independent verification that everything is well managed is a real feather in our cap and allows the association to focus on its charitable aims of serving the local community and providing a safe and secure environment for educational and recreational activities.’
Jean Tier, secretary and trustee of Emsworth Community Association, added: ‘It is great to know that our policies and evidence have been so well received and that our structures and systems are deemed robust and sustainable for the future. It is a strong platform for us to build on.’
The staff and volunteers at the community centre host a range of activities, ranging from baby clinics and classes through to Rainbows and Brownies.
Computer and language sessions are just some of the courses that are available at the centre, in addition to more creative activities such as arts and crafts and also musical groups, including bagpiping and choirs.
The assessor who audited the centre, Trisha Bennett, said: ‘Overall this has been an outstanding review.
‘The majority of the evidence provided has been of a very high standard. It was an excellent review, which it has been a pleasure to do.’
Rachael Bridger, of the Emsworth Community Association, said: ‘With a wide range of keep fit and healthy activities through to events, functions, films and quiz nights, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.’
For information about volunteering and activites call (01243) 373805 or visit emsworthcommunitycentre.org.uk/..