Brookside Community Centre in the old to new!
The original community and pastoral centre, built in the 1970s, rebuilt in 2014, undergoing major refurbishment, transforming it into a bright and welcoming venue you see in the video on the home page!
Brookside Central is a place for residents and the wider community to meet informally, access practical help, educational courses, hire rooms for meetings, events, special occasions and much much more… to find out more about room hire please get in contact with us.
Following Telford and Wrekin Council’s decision to hand its community centres over to more localised management, residents and partners worked together to form Brookside Central CIO, which was registered with the Charity Commission on 15 March 2017 as number 1172037. The building is leased from Telford and Wrekin Council by Stirchley and Brookside Parish Council (SBPC) and held on licence by Brookside Central CIO. Operational management is carried out by SBPC staff with support from a dedicated team of volunteers. Brookside Central CIO receives grant monies from Telford and Wrekin Council and Brookside Big Local and is governed by a Board of Trustees.
Organisations and businesses within the Community Centre:
We are proud to boast that the following organisations have chosen to run within the Community Centre and although we are all separate entities, we do all work as a team – team Brookside! (cheesy we know – but we are very all proud to to be here.)
Brookside Big Local – BBL deliver projects chosen by residents. To find out more about how you can be involved, CLICK HERE to visit the Brookside Big Local Website
The youth support organisation Recharge is based in the former Wrekin Housing Trust Office at the front of the building. To find out more about how Recharge supports under 21s to overcome barriers and achieve their ambitions, visit www.rechargetelford.org.uk
The Job Box service run by Telford and Wrekin Council has a permanent office in Brookside Central. A staff member is often available to talk about ways they can help with supporting you into work or to develop your career. A variety of courses are run by LearnTelford at the centre.
Brookside Youth Club: Brookside now has a youth club, the first session ran on Thursday 28th February 2019 and had a great turn out. Please encourage local youths between 14 – 18 years of age to attend the sessions. Youth Worker Devon Peart and his volunteer staff are really looking forward to working with our local youth. Thursdays evenings 6:15pm – 7:45pm… more information to follow
Meet the trustees:
As well as being the Brookside Central CIO Community Centre chair of trustees, Jacqui is the manager of the Park Lane Centre in Woodside; the Chair of Governors at Holmer Lake Primary School and runs Leegomery Community Centre. As you can see, this is a lady with a lot of experience, who gets things done!
Carl Bailey – Secretary
In addition to completing his degree in psychology, Carl is Chair of Directors at the Park Lane Centre and CEO of Challenging Perceptions. He was the 2018 winner of the Telford and Wrekin category in the Thrive Mental Health Commission Awards.
A resident of Brookside for nearly 45 years, Jackie is a Stirchely and Brookside Parish Councillor as well as a a Telford and Wrekin councillor. Jackie is very passionate about community and making a difference, she can often be found at the centre and volunteers behind the reception desk on a Friday and is always on call when we need her to cover.
A resident of Brookside for nearly 45 years, Jim is also a Stirchley and Brookside Parish Councillor. Jim is married to Jackie, and is also a regular volunteer at the centre.
Janet is the “vicar without a church” for South Telford and often works in care homes and schools in the area. She puts on events for the Brookside community at Christmas and Easter and occasional “Messy Church” activities.
Janet is a director of the Park Lane Centre and gives a lot of support to Jacqui Idiens through her volunteer role there.
Staff and volunteers
Clare helps with reception duties but her main focus is on organising events for the community. Clare is also the Vice-Chair of Brookside Big Local.
Scott volunteers several times a week as a receptionist. He is great at ordering food parcels for people in need and doing research to help with queries. He has many years’ experience in First Aid and runs the Stirchley and Brookside Community Volunteer First Aid Team to supply qualified cover for public events at the centre and further afield.