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About Moordown Community Centre

Reception photoThe popular Moordown Community Centre was set up approximately 10 years ago. The Council used a derelict school, which had been built in 1911 and was known as the Winton & Moordown Boys' School. The building was reduced in size, and the inside was remodelled and upgraded. Housing for the elderly and disabled was built in the area which was the playground.

The Centre is run with Charitable Status and its income is generated by Room Hire.

 

Here at the Centre we do our best to live up to our motto “Working together for our Community”.

A Centre Manager, 5 Duty Managers and a Housekeeper alongside 30 volunteers help to run this popular Centre, which exists primarily to benefit the inhabitants of Moordown and its local neighbourhood. Although its prime users live in the BH8, 9 and 10 Postal Code area we do have many visitors from the wider Bournemouth area.

At busy times some 1000 people per week visit the Centre.

Friendly and compact, the Centre is seen as somewhere local people of all ages and capabilities can pursue leisure and recreational pastimes as well as offering the kind of environment where they can learn new skills or add to previous education.

We are open for 12 hours a day (9.00am until 9.00pm).

Whilst most of the above activities take place during the week our diversification really shows when we become a Place of Worship on Sunday mornings.

By Sunday afternoon we become a venue for teaching Chinese to both children and adults.

Active encouragement is given to local people to come into the building to meet up socially. Singles, and those searching for the company of others, find the Centre an ideal venue in which to make new acquaintances and hopefully new friends.

A single storey unit, the Moordown Community Centre offers ideal facilities (including a uni sex wet room) for all its users. For those in wheel chairs and those with limited mobility, the Moordown Community Centre offers easily accessible car parking in close proximity of the entrance with dedicated spaces for the disabled.Disabled access shower photo

The Centre is well lit and within the building there are no steps or slopes.

Being on one level is a positive advantage to those who are immobile, disabled or who have special needs.

The Community Centre is determined not lose its ‘Community’ identity.

As well as commercial room hire it pro actively supports hobby and interest meetings on a non-profit basis.

Clubs are also offered by the Centre and these are supported by charging per person, per activity, currently this is a maximum of £2.00 per activity. Clubs offer a very sociable environment, where visitors are free to pursue a sport, a hobby, craftwork or a favourite interest. The range is very wide and the Centre tries to cover all interests’ music, dancing, craft, darts, canasta, short mat bowls, table tennis and more. All of these activities are run by volunteers. To an outsider the craft club may look and sound like a group of friends knitting or sewing together…….. and, in fairness, this is exactly what it is!

The Marion House Day Opportunities Service has used the Community Centre to set up a lunchtime café on Mondays to Thursdays. This project has provided work placements for its clients, all of whom have learning disabilities.

Moordown Community Centre hall photoThis Community Partnership has been very successful with both parties benefiting from the experience The clients, who feel very at home in the Centre enjoy the advantage of lots of social interaction, and a boost to their confidence whilst they practice their work skills by taking orders, serving customers, waiting on tables and of course washing and clearing up!

Community Centre visitors have enjoyed being able to extend their visit by having hot, home cooked food served by Marion’s Kitchen before or after their club or educational visit. Having a lunch club on most days of the week gives some of our visitors (many of whom live alone) the chance to eat in the company of a friend or acquaintance; thus extending their visit to the Centre.

We try to encourage, local people who do not use the Centre for either an educational or social visit to be tempted to have lunch here in the company of others.

The Community Centre is a warm and well cared for and the Association is very proud to be one of the first public buildings in the area to be taking advantage of heating its hot water with the aid of solar panels.

Whether the visit is recreational or educational you can be sure of a warm welcome at the Moordown Community Centre.

The Centre also publishes its own monthly in-house magazine with news and information about events and activities. An on-line version is available for you to read here.


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Aerobics for beginners and 50+

Tuesdays, 9:30am-10:15am at Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, BH9 1TW.

This class is suitable for beginners and over 50's. This is a gentle exercise to music class perfect for increasing fitness, mobility, muscle tone, co-ordination and flexibility. New members are always welcome and are encouraged to work at their own level of fitness. Toning & stretching section can either be performed on the floor with an exercise mat, standing or seated.

Contact Vicki on 07791 605150 or email info@fitnessquest.co.uk for more information. No booking required.

Pay on the day: £5 or £40 for a 10 class pass.

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New hope for the broken hearted in Bournemouth

Break Up? Divorce? Bereavement?

Dolphin Psychotherapy Practice is delighted to announce that the new Bournemouth Heartbreak Support Group will be running at Moordown Community Centre on Monday evenings at 7.45pm with effect from 7th July 2014. This is a free support group facilitated by senior consultant Mr Roberts.

The new support group is aimed at anyone who has broken up with their romantic partner, is going through divorce or has been bereaved. The group will provide a safe environment for people to share and express their feelings and to draw on each other’s experience, strength and hope. Each meeting will include a topic for discussion from leading experts in this field such as Harville Hendrix and Katherine Woodward Thomas.

Mr Roberts said “I have long been amazed that with so many local support groups available for various types of addictions, little or no support has been available for those suffering from the aftermath of the loss of their relationships, the time has come to rectify that.”  Mr Robert went on to say that he hopes this new initiative will provide some comfort for those affected by what is one of life’s most painful experiences”

Mr Roberts can be contacted on 07790 333431 to discuss attendance and further information can be found on the website http://www.bournemouthhypnotherapy.co.uk/bournemouth-heartbreak-support/

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