THE DOROTHY PARKES CENTRE LTD.

THE DOROTHY PARKES CENTRE LTD.

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THE DOROTHY PARKES CENTRE LTD.

WE PROVIDE AN UP-TO-DATE AND INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY CENTRE IN SMETHWICK, IN THE WEST MIDLANDS. IT OPERATES IN A VERY DEPRIVED AREA. WE PROVIDE ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE ELDERLY. WE HAVE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PEOPLE WITH VARIOUS HANDICAPS. WE WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BARNARDO'S TO PROVIDE A YOUTH CLUB. WE HAVE A 'HEALTHY-EATING' CAFE' RUN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PCT. AMONGST OTHER ACTIVITIES OUT TODDLERS 'LITTLE LUNCH BOX' PROMOTES HEALTHY EATING TO YOUNG CHILDREN. OTHER ACTIVITIES AT THE CENTRE INCLUDE MARTIAL ARTS, DRAMA, DANCING, WEIGHT-WATHCERS, 'EXTEND' CLASSES FOR THE ELDERLY, FOOD INTEREST GROUPS FOR ASYLUM-SEEKERS AND REFUGEES. LARGER ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS SURE-START USE THE PREMISES, AS WELL AS THE NATIONAL BLOOD SERVICE, LOCAL AUTHORITY, CAB AND PRIMARY CARE TRUST.
WE WANT TO CONTINUE AND DEVELOP THESE ACTIVITIES FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR COMMUNITY. OUR PRINCIPAL NEED IS FOR UNRESTRICTED FUNDING, RATHER THAN PROJECT FUNDING WHICH IS NORMALLY EASIER TO OBTAIN. CORE FUNDING ENABLES US TO PAY THE MANAGER'S SALARY, GAS BILL, INSURANCE ETC. WITHOUT WHICH THE PROJECTS THEMSELVES CANNOT BE RUN

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