"To further or benefit the residents of middle park estate and surrounding areas in the Royal London Borough of Greenwich without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating together the said residents and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation leisure time occupation with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents."
Middle Park Community Centre provides a wide range of support and services to the whole community of the Middle Park estate and the surrounding area of south Greenwich. We directly provide activities for young people and have a specific project for older members of the community. We also host a wide range of external groups. In addition we have a number of flexible events spaces for hire. These are perfect for parties and events for both adults and children alike.
Since it opened its doors in 1982, Middle Park Community Centre has become an integral part of the fabric of the Middle Park Estate. Described as the heart of the community with whole generations of locals having grown up with its activities for children and young people, some of whom now work at the Centre in both paid and voluntary roles.
The Centre is user-led with a management committee made up of representatives from user groups, residents and locally elected Councillors from the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Originally we were set up because it was realised that over 60% of local children were from families receiving Income Support and other benefits it has continued to grow and provides a wide range of social, recreational, fun and health related activities for the local population.
We now have 3 buildings on Middle Park estate, the recognised and much cherished ‘Centre’, the totally revamped St Bernadette’s Church which is now aptly named ‘Joan Currie Hall’ and our very versatile shop front on Newmarket Green.
We operate an open door policy and provide a safety net in times of need to the community.
We have had many people volunteer with us over the years. Some of these have come purely to ‘lend a hand’, others because they want to gain experience in the Community Sector. Either way we welcome volunteers at the Community Centre. They provide much-needed assistance and it is a great opportunity to meet new people and develop new skills.
Please get in touch or drop in to have a word about what volunteering opportunities we have.
Every academic year we welcome many young people at the Community Centre who come to us for work experience. Usually they come to work with the After-school Club though some have worked with our older users too.
If you are interested in work experience please contact your school or college first as we will have to liaise with them. If your school or college asks you to contact us then please feel free to do so.
Middle Park Community Centre is proud to have a long list of partners. Partnering is areciprocal arrangement that benefits both sides. It is not just about giving money or time but establishing a two-way relationship between the Community Sector and the wider world.