Great Yarmouth’s Centre 81 charity appeals for crafty people to help at Minster event

Centre 81 members Wendy Townley and Sally Ward enjoy a crafts session.
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Centre 81 members Wendy Townley and Sally Ward enjoy a crafts session. Picture: TMS Media - Credit: Archant

Crafty people are needed by a charity-run centre which runs activities sessions for people with disabilities.

Wendy Townley doing felt work at a Centre 81 craft session.
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Wendy Townley doing felt work at a Centre 81 craft session. Picture: TMS Media - Credit: Archant

Centre 81 in Great Yarmouth has a craft group which is taking part in a three-day craft festival in the town's Minister in late November.

It is looking for help to stock the stall – either through crafts that people have made and can donate, or by helping members make things at the centre's own sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am until noon.

The Centre in Tar Works Road is also appealing for other volunteer helpers.

The volunteers roles include:


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Someone to help in the kitchen, such as washing up and preparing vegetables

People to come up with ideas for other fundraising events and man the existing ones, including the summer classic car rally and the fun day at the centre.

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Chief executive of Centre 81 Diana Staines said: 'We would also like to hear from organisations such as village fetes, events and carnivals which might be able to run a stall on behalf of Centre 81 too.

'These kind of events not only raise money, but also awareness of the work that we do.'

Centre 81 runs activities and skills for 70 members with a range of disabilities caused by illness or trauma. Sessions include sailing, bowling, cookery, art, gardening, swimming and singing.

It also has a fleet of community transport minibuses providing a door-to-door service that helps 500 people across the borough access medical, shopping and social trips.

The centre prides itself on enhancing the lives of its members.

But it can do the same for its volunteers too.

Ms Staines said: 'We had a previous kitchen helper who was initially very nervous – but gained confidence through helping, and went on to pass her refresher pharmacy exams, then emigrate to New Zealand.'

It can also help people find paid work by boosting their CVs.

If you can help Centre 81 with any of the 'vacancies' above – or have other skills to offer - contact Julie Charles, skills and activities manager at Centre 81, on 01493 852573 or email Julie.charles@centre81.com

You can learn more about the work of Centre 81, including its community transport scheme, by visiting its website at www.centre81.co.uk

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