About Skerton Community Association
Skerton Community Association is a community led organisation that offers activities and services from its building, Skerton Community Centre, to a wide range of local people across different age ranges.
- The Association became a charity in 1996.
- Its aim is: To improve the lives of people living in Skerton and surrounding area through access to leisure, community groups, education, support into employment and youth provision.
- The Association achieves its aims by running Skerton Community Centre and providing a range of activities to local people.
- Its Board of Trustees comprises local people with a mix of skills and backgrounds, with Officer roles that include Chair and Treasurer.
- The Association currently has a staff team of 5 part-time posts responsible for in house activities and administration of the Centre.
- Volunteers, including trustees, make a vital contribution to the day to day work of the Centre and its capacity to offer services and activities.
The Centre’s Activities
- The Association rents its building from Lancaster City Council; activities in the Centre comprise a mix of those provided directly by staff and volunteers and groups that hire rooms.
The Association’s staff and volunteers provide:
- programmes for young people of different age ranges including face to face work and residentials – offering support with personal development and life changing opportunities
- activities with the over 55s including the Autumn Club – offering social activities – providing a lifeline to those who would otherwise be isolated
- crafts for women and girls and a community garden – offering facilities and provision often not available elsewhere in the area.
A number of organisations hire the Centre including
- Boys Brigade, Brownies, Karate, Dance and Slimming Clubs.
- Skerton High School has made extensive use of the Centre to provide outreach facilities for excluded young people in the area who have previously not attended similar provision elsewhere
- Young students with disabilities from Beaumont College make use of the Centre’s garden area.
- Charities and groups from local and wider areas use rooms for a range of meetings e.g. forum meetings with young people.
- The Centre’s rooms are also hired out for one off usage including birthday and wedding parties.
- The Centre is a major resource local people; it is the only facility in the locality that provides a broad range of services to different sections of the community.
- It is a welcoming facility, with strong community roots that enable it to reach those that others can’t.
- The involvement of local volunteers enables the Centre to bring considerable added value to its resources and activities for the local community.