Chair of the Board
In November 2019 we celebrated our 20th Birthday. Like many, our formative years have experienced a fair share of ups and downs.
Over the last 2 years the Charity has recruited a new Board of Trustees and acquired funding to support a new staff team. They are all local to the St Radigunds ward which is served by the Community Centre. We are busy working together to provide our community with activities, regular clubs and events for the benefit of all the community of our ward. This is not possible without the hard work and commitment from our volunteers and the great support from local people.
Our facilities are being constantly refurbished and upgraded to provide an excellent venue for hire, available to anyone who is planning family celebrations, training or business events.
We really feel the Charity is coming of age and are looking forward to the future where we can make the community centre the heart of the community it is proud to serve and we hope you will be supportive of our plans for this much valued and needed resource for our community.
St. Radigunds Community Centre Company Ltd.
St Radigunds Community Centre (STRCC), is located in the ward of St. Radigunds in the Dover District. Managed by a limited not for profit company and charity of the same name, it was built as a result of a collective of people from within the local residential and business community coming together in 1995 to develop and build a Community Centre and a local 80-place nursery to serve the local community.
The Centre has been a valued and well-used resource for the communities living in and around Dover since its completion in 2003. It sits in its own grounds with a private car park. The first floor is currently leased to Kent County Council as a Children's Centre and Royal British Legion Industries is also based here. Since 2018 a new board has been established who truly represent the community, and have its interests at heart, above and beyond any personal motive for involvement. The Board has worked hard to start providing services again and improve the fabric of the centre, seeking the support of the Town and District Councils to deal with immediate repairs and the services of West Faversham Community Association (WFCA), to act as advisors to assist them in a review of its charitable strategy for the coming years.
In late 2019 they successfully secured funding to support a staff team. The charity owns the buildings and have a long-standing lease of the land on a peppercorn rent with Dover District Council.
A new 3 year plan is looking at the current needs of the ward and identifing a realistic set of priorities designed to support the community and provide stability and sustainability so the Charity can continue to be at the heart of its community for many years to come.
"We are really proud of what we can now offer our community, and it means so much when residents get involved with our activities. Please pop in to find out more, or just to say hello! Without you telling us if we are getting it right we cannot keep improving our service to you."
Susan Jones, HND, MCMI