25th birthday St Albans
St Albans receives special award from Mayor
At the Mayor’s Reception on Monday 18 July, 2011, Mayor Mrs Joyce Underhill presented St Albans’ with a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ for the Association’s ‘outstanding service to the community’.
The event was held at the Council House in Oldbury, and St Albans was only five recipients of these prestigious awards, given for recognition of good work done in the borough.
On the 21st of September 2009, St Albans Community Association celebrated its 25th birthday.
The years have been turbulent, but recently, the centre has gone from strength to strength – achieving much to celebrate. During its life, many people have played a role in developing the centre and its activities, and it was good to see and hear from so many old friends and supporters on this special occasion.
A birthday party was held, and a lovely cake prepared for the celebration. Over 100 people came to celebrate with us and everyone enjoyed the event. Many cards and emails, expressing congratulations, were received from well wishers who, sadly, could not make it on the day.
Thanks to everyone, past and present, who have given and continues to give, so much to help make St Albans Community Association, the thriving social centre it has become. Thank you!
Among those present were some of the members from Holy Trinity and the former St Albans Church which was the Church responsible for setting up the Community Association and converting the former St Albans Church building. David Bryant, the architect, and his wife, Sheila, Rev Jim Potter and his wife, Irene, Ivan Parish, Sheila Wyld, Beryl Chandler and Jocelyn Marshall who was on the first Management Committee, 25 years ago.
“The 25th Anniversary was a fantastic occasion and I felt very privileged to be invited to share in the celebrations. I was amazed to see how many people had come along to enjoy the day – and tuck into the delicious buffet lunch! The happy and lively atmosphere spoke volumes about the continuing success of this Centre and the dedication of the Management and Staff. As one of the founder members, 25 years ago, it was a joy for me to see how it has become the centre of a very happy community.”
Spot On used to be a community group based at St Albans Community Centre in Smethwick. The group was established through a need identified at St Albans Community Centre.
Through evaluation of this service it was established that there was a severe lack of quality provision during the school holiday periods, especially for children aged between 8 and 12 years.
The evaluation had also highlighted that particularly for ‘children in need’, such as young carers and those with family issues, there was very little provision at all.
From this knowledge came Spot On, an organisation designed to promote social inclusion and social interaction for 8 – 12 year olds by the provision of:
- Art based activities, enhancement of access and appreciation of art forms.
- To support and encourage the development of self-confidence
- To encourage ownership by decision making
- To support and encourage personal and social development
This created a positive and successful relationship between St Albans and Spot On, with both applying for funding and sharing responsibilities for holiday schemes however St Albans being the venue and supporting the projects by offering some of their services in kind, such as help towards the cost of the venue hire and mini bus hire.
This relationship enabled Spot On to offer high quality holiday schemes for the young people within our community that need it the most.
In 2005 a community consultation undertaken by St Albans with existing users and local residents – including all pupils at Holly Lodge Secondary school – highlighted the widespread need for quality out-of-school activities in the area.
In recent years St Albans Community Centre has worked in partnership with local group Spot On to secure funding for a number of arts, environment and sports based holiday schemes.
The schemes were supported by Awards for All, Local Network Fund and the Arts Council.
Each scheme saw 20 – 25 children and young people work alongside artists and professionals to produce beautiful work which was displayed prominently at locations throughout the area, including the local library.
Click the text above to see an archive of projects and events run or held by the Out-of-School Project over a number of previous years.
Also see our complete back issues of news in the St Albans blog.