(English) Facing the Future: Information and Open Day at Drum Community Centre

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An information and open day will be held in Drum Community Centre, Athlone on Saturday 19th May from 12 midday to 4pm as part of National Volunteering Week. The centre has been open since 1988 and many of the current members have been involved for many years, some of them from the very beginning. They’re looking for new members to get involved, either as a volunteer at Drum Bingo or as a member of the centre committee, and are welcoming ‘the next generation’ to bring some fresh ideas and energy to the centre.

The Drum area has changed dramatically over the last 25 years, and has welcomed many new residents and families who have made Drum their home. While many people drive by the centre on a daily basis, some have never been inside it. This is an open invitation to drop in for a cup of tea and a chat, or just have a look around and see the facilities available at the centre.

“We’re lucky to have a first-class community facility which is fully paid for”, explains committee secretary Aidan McEvilly. “All we want is for more people to get involved and use the facilities.”

Drum Community Centre

The open day provides an opportunity for people to come along without commitment and have a look around or get more information about the centre in an informal environment. The centre will be open from 12 midday to 4pm, and all facilities and rooms within the building will accessible on the day, including the sports hall, lounge, meeting room and kitchen.

One aim of the event is to find new people who might be interested in volunteering at Drum Bingo, which is held every Friday night at Drum Community Centre. The work ranges from selling books to stacking chairs, and even if you can only give half an hour each week, or one night per month, you would be very welcome to join in.

Another aim is to increase membership of the community centre. The company is limited by guarantee, which means it has no shareholders and the liability of members is limited. Any adult may be a member and applications for membership are welcome. Members who are elected to the Board of Directors are then responsible for making decisions about the operation of the centre.

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National Volunteering Week is a celebration of the work done by volunteers across the country, and also an opportunity for more people to get active in their community through voluntary work.

“The door is open for anyone who wants to get involved. We look forward to seeing you” concludes Mr McEvilly. Those who are unable to attend can find further details on the Community of Drum website at www.drum.ie or visit the centre any Friday night during bingo.

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