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There are many ways to get involved at Acorn

Steve Jarvis at the Acorn centre, Wecock who runs a DJ workshop, for 16 to 19 year olds


Picture: Paul Jacobs (141141-2) PPP-140415-124345001

Steve Jarvis at the Acorn centre, Wecock who runs a DJ workshop, for 16 to 19 year olds Picture: Paul Jacobs (141141-2) PPP-140415-124345001

A COMMUNITY centre has called for volunteers to help make the Wecock Farm area a better place.

The Acorn Community Centre needs people to help run its lunch club, workshops, charity shop and programme of events.

Acorn’s chairwoman of trustees Ann Waters said the centre was focused on improving Havant’s Hart Plain Ward, which was most of Wecock Farm.

Ms Waters said: ‘We have a real passion for the community. Everything we do is about improving life in this area, whether that’s on a big scale or helping individuals.

‘The Wecock Farm area is an area of deprivation but what’s really noticeable is that there’s such a sense of community here.’

Ms Waters said it was place where people looked out for each other.

She said: ‘I’ve been here 22 years and when I started people didn’t want to live here, but now they want to move back.’

Ms Waters said there were many ways people could volunteer at the centre.

She said: ‘We have the Ignite group which is about young people volunteering from the age of 11 upwards.’

She said volunteers were also needed for a job-seekers club.

‘It lets people connect with others who are in the same situation, because being unemployed can be quite a hard place to be.

‘We’ve got a lunch club for seniors and volunteers are needed to help run that and we also have a charity shop that sells clothes and bric-a-brac.

‘We also have a coffee afternoon every Wednesday, and there we have every age group from babes in arms through to the elderly.’

Ms Waters said people with learning difficulties were also encouraged and volunteer, and the Acorn centre had a buddy system for people who needed help to get involved.

To find out more about how you can get involved with the Acorn centre, call (023) 9225 8423.

 

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