Wellingborough community centre to highlight plans for the future with upcoming AGM

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The Victoria Centre was founded in 1979

A community centre is set to highlight its plans for the future at a meeting later this month.

The Victoria Centre in Wellingborough is holding its annual general meeting (AGM) on July 26, giving both members and non-members a clear view of its plans moving forward.

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Kevin Johnstone, Victoria Centre manager said: “In our upcoming AGM we review our track record and lay out our vision for the coming years.

The Victoria Centre has been in operation since 1979The Victoria Centre has been in operation since 1979
The Victoria Centre has been in operation since 1979

"Tough situations keep impacting life in Wellingborough, and we need to anticipate the next ones and build strong, to remain adaptive and relevant.

"If you approve of our mission and are able, donations help us to meet the cost of operating.

"In any case we will love to see you there, where you can advise us on what you would like to see more of from Victoria Centre.”

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The general public are free to attend to hear the centre’s plans, with doors opening at 6pm and hot and cold drinks with a buffet being served at 6.15pm, before the meeting formally begins 45 minutes later.

On the day, people can express an interest in joining up as a Victoria Centre member to vote on future proposals.

Founded in 1979, the Victoria Centre in Palk Road aims to serve the people of Wellingborough, with special emphasis on alleviating poverty, connecting communities and improving life quality.

It is an independent registered charity led by 10 dedicated trustees, and is supported by a few funders, including local government.

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Essential assistance for families has been vital for a lot of local people since the Covid-19 pandemic, and during the spat of lockdowns the Victoria Centre sourced and delivered hot food to those in need.

Through 2022 to 2023 it continued to provide free hot breakfasts and dinners, gave out food parcels and distributed supermarket food vouchers and more than 500 free SIM cards to address digital exclusion, all to help families to connect and stay nourished during the tough financial climate.

Its ‘Information Centre for New Arrivals’ focuses on migrants to Wellingborough after Ukranian evacuees reached the town, helping people get official documents, set up bank accounts, and connect to employers and landlords.

On this, Kevin added: “The service continues with ever-growing demand.”

For more information email [email protected].