2020 Vision

Involving the users and wider community in developing the plan and priorities for Drum Community Centre for the next 5 years

Workshop – Sunday 24th March, 5-7pm

We’re organising a community engagement workshop, with an external facilitator. Details below

Press Release: Drum Community Centre invites ideas for its 2020 Vision

We are writing to all users of Drum Community Centre to invite them to an important future planning workshop which we are organising on Sunday 24th March from 5-7pm for users of the centre and indeed the wider community to participate in developing a “2020 Vision” with plans and priorities for the next 5 years of Drum Community Centre.

This month marks the 31st anniversary of the community centre’s official opening in March 1988, and it is therefore fitting to reflect on the achievements of the past while also looking at what the future holds for the community sports and leisure facility.

The community centre operates as a company limited by guarantee on a not-for-profit basis; the finances are stable, it is fully paid for and has no debts.

The biggest challenge facing the company at present is to engage new members and put in place a new management structure in order to secure the future of the centre.

The committee has engaged an external facilitator – Stephanie Duffy, a registered facilitator and lecturer in Athlone IT – to host a workshop for people who use the centre or have an interest in its future development to come along and share their ideas.

We would like to thank all those who have given generously of their time and effort to keep the centre running throughout the years, particularly over the past 18 months while the manager’s position has been vacant.

This vacancy presents the ideal opportunity for new committee members to set out their vision for the future management of the centre and then employ a new manager to implement it.

The aim of the workshop on Sunday 24th March is to engage with those who use the community centre and have an interest in its future, to share ideas without commitment or obligation to join a committee.

For those who might wish to get involved, there’s a variety of potential roles from board members to bingo volunteers, depending on people’s skills, interests and availability.

Most of the current committee members have been involved for many years now; indeed some of them have been there since the community centre was first proposed 35 years ago.

Their vision has been implemented and a number of them are due to retire this year, paving the way for this so-called “2020 Vision” which aims to get new people involved, to represent those who use the facilities and bring forward new ideas for the future development of the centre.

We are inviting you and/or representatives of your group/organisation to participate in this facilitated workshop on Sunday 24th March from 5-7pm. Light refreshments will be served. Further information can be found on www.drum.ie

If you would like to participate in this process but cannot attend on the day, please feel free to contact us anytime by email to info@drum.ie or by phone 085-8712222.

We would be grateful if you could pass this message on to anyone else who you think might be interested.

Thank you for your continued support of Drum Community Centre.