Rotary Club of Senlac

ANNE Reid from Chapel Park Community Centre in St Leonards visited the Rotary Club of Senlac recently to talk about the club and her role in the running of it.

The club is overseen by trustees of St Leonards Baptist Church and caters for about 120 people per week.

They run the Hastings Ethnic Minority Advisory Service and have 368 clients from 14 countries including Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Eritrea, Estonia etc.

The service is primarily for refugees but the facilities are open to anyone who is lonely or in need.

Services on offer at the centre include, healthy eating, art, Pilates, internet cafe, English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) and the advisory service.

Anne is totally reliant on a group of volunteers and, of course, charitable donations. Orbit housing asked Anne if they could use the centre for interviewing clients, they also asked if she would mount an art project on 8ft x4ft sheets with tactile displays especially for disabled people.

Anne and her helpers worked their socks off to produce the display and when she asked for £32.59 in expenses. She was delighted to receive £200. Last year the centre won Best Community Group award at the Hastings Achievers.

Under Anne’s guidance the centre managed to save up £5,000 for a refurbishment of the kitchen and The Rotary Club of Senlac were pleased to make a donation of £600 to help equip the kitchen with pots and pans etc.

Senlac Rotarian Stewart Earl praised Anne for her dedication and commitment and for being such a clear inspiration to others.

Rotary Club of Senlac (serving Bexhill and Hastings areas) If you would like to join us or find out more contact John Relfe or 01424 272012.