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Vibrant Paignton community centre looking for volunteers

28 November 2017
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A Paignton community centre is appealing for volunteers and showcasing its range of services to mark International Volunteer Day on 5 December.

New volunteers

Staff at Great Parks Community Centre (GPCC), which is supported by Sanctuary Housing, are on the look-out for new volunteers to help deliver the wide variety of clubs and activities on offer.

Integral role

Volunteers already perform an integral role at GPCC, working alongside full and part-time staff in the community coffee shop, brunch club and IT suite. There are also more specialist activities on offer, including Bambino’s parent and toddler group, a job club and free functional skills sessions in English, maths and beginners’ IT.

“We take a real pride”

Jordan Pierson from GPCC said: “The work we do simply wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers. We offer a wide variety of services and as such, we need people from all walks of life to help us continue our work in the local community. We take a real pride in everything we do.

“Volunteers make a real difference”

Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Lynne Roberts, added: “Volunteers make a real difference not only to the work of GPCC, but to most of the community projects we support around the Torbay neighbourhoods.

“International Volunteer Day has given us a fantastic opportunity to promote the activities at GPCC and celebrate the contributions that volunteers make across all of our communities.

Join in

Anybody who would like to volunteer at GPCC, or attend any of the activities or groups, can call the centre on 01803 524903.

Timetable of activities at GPCC running until Christmas:

Day Group/activity Time


Autism / ADHD support group

10am-12 noon


Term time only
Monday Functional skills training – English, maths, IT 9.30am
Monday Keep fit

12 noon-1pm

Term time only

Monday Healthy eating


Term time only

Tuesday Bambino’s baby and toddler group for ages 0-5


Term time only
Tuesday Devon dog training 7-9pm
Wednesday Crafty Cuppa 10am-12 noon
Wednesday Soup and roll group

12 noon-2pm

Term time only
Thursday MS Society 10am-12.30pm
Friday Community coffee shop and job club 10am-1pm
Saturday Brunch and tuck shop 10am-1pm

International Volunteer Day is aimed at raising awareness of the contributions that volunteers make to their communities and celebrate their efforts.


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