Our reporter Dr Joy Watson speaks to Councillor Phillip Fitzpatrick, who has been volunteering with the Grafton Centre in Tameside for over ten years, to find out why the centre is so important and valued by the community.
The centre, initially owned by the council, now operates independently and is open five days a week, putting on an extensive range of activities such as zumba fitness, line dancing, bingo, art workshops, drama clubs, indoor bowling and many more.
They have even bagged the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the MBE for volunteer groups.
Members can also use the cafe there which offers a main meal for just £1.50.
Both the kitchen and activities rely on volunteers and the centre is always looking for new faces to join the team.
Councillor Phillip Fitzpatrick said: “About 1000 people a week use the Grafton Centre – that’s about 50,000 people a year. That’s a huge amount of people… hopefully we will continue for many years.”
To find out more about the Grafton Centre please visit their website or give them a call on 0161 368 4110.
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