Volunteers crucial to running of north Wales leisure centre
We’re sharing this case study as part of the work we’re doing for Volunteers’ Week, which is providing some of the organisations and businesses that we work with to give recognition to their volunteers.
From Gavin Rowlands, Canolfan Beaumaris
Canolfan Beaumaris is a community run, social enterprise and registered charity, offering sports, leisure, entertainment and cultural activities for south-east Anglesey. It is heavily reliant on a group of volunteers who help out on a daily basis. This can involve manning reception, assisting with equipment set-up for classes, renting out bicycles, cleaning the facility, grounds and building maintenance, and running the tea bar during events. Without our volunteers, the facility would struggle to operate efficiently and we are highly indebted to this dedicated group of community supporters.
Janet Jones, Volunteer at Canolfan Beaumaris
In 2011, after retiring from work, I saw an advert in the local paper for a new Pilates class to be held in Beaumaris Leisure Centre, and I joined. Subsequently, following a medical referral, I started attending circuit training on Fridays. The following year the Council decided that it could no longer run the Centre, and after attending a public meeting to consider its future, I decided to volunteer because of my belief that the Centre should be kept open for its users. I attend for a couple of hours a week to help in reception by dealing with customers and answering the telephone. It has become clear to me in that time how important the Centre is to the local community and to others from outside Beaumaris, who attend classes and events and use its gym facilities (not forgetting the staff who work there). I enjoy the work because it involves meeting people, and it has been good to catch up with some old friends and make new friends.