• Skye Williams

Community centre appealing for volunteers to kickstart recovery

A community centre is looking for volunteers to help maintain its services in the aftermath of the pandemic.

This comes as Hayes and Harlington Community Centre lost a number of groups due to the surge of Covid-19.

The centre manager, Peter Dibble, said: “We’re always looking for people that are willing to give time to either help maintain the place or to provide for the community grants, so that we can actually maintain the place ourselves.”

He added: “At the end of the day we are a charity. We’re here as a charity to raise money for the charity and for the local community.”

Community centre manager Peter Dibble / Picture by: Sara Ridley

The centre, based at Albert Road, Hayes, provides hosting spaces for various activities and groups for the Hillingdon community including jiu jitsu groups for both children and adults and a Karate Kids Academy. “They come here to train with the martial arts under the leadership of the instructors,” added Mr Dibble.

Other groups include tutoring classes, a women’s institute, and a Tamil association, amongst others.

As the centre’s new manager, Mr Dibble is the face of the building. He said: “The most important feature of my role is to be here as a meeting face for all the important people that come into the building and to develop the building.”

Prior to taking on his role, the manager worked as a Senior Building Surveyor but had to change career paths after encountering health issues.

“It was a lifestyle change for health reasons. I’ve always been very active and this was the perfect move for me.”


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