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Community centres saved from closure

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 02, 2013

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WORKERS at the Donald Thomas and Camborne community centres have described their relief and feeling of security in their jobs after the election of new trustees.

Both centres were saved from closure following a public meeting, after it was revealed they were facing debts of £16,000 under the previous board of trustees.

Judith Coombes, a co-ordinator at the Donald Thomas Centre, said she and colleagues felt more positive after the meeting.

"Up until Tuesday we didn't know if we would be here on the Wednesday," she said.

"We are all really positive. At the minute, we all have to stay positive as it's all looking good. We've got a new board of trustees who seem to be good and have sorted out some things already."

The Donald Thomas Centre has been open since 1978 supporting elderly locals like Tony Harry, 81, from Camborne, who has been using the service for 21 years.

Mr Harry thinks it is important to keep the centre open for the benefit of the community.

He said: "The happiness I've seen here among the old people is absolutely marvellous. And we were going to lose all of that if it had shut. It would have been a great shame.

"I feel in a situation like this, a lot of the business people in Camborne could easily contribute towards the running of the centres. I see no reason why not. It would be a real shame if they shut it."

Charles Colman, acting manager for the community centre, described the mood as more positive, and also praised the new board of trustees.

"The new board is looking into contributing in some way to helping everybody," he said.

The Reverend Mike Firbank, the new interim chairman of trustees, said: "There is a lot of work to do but, broadly speaking, the future looks positive for both centres. In the short to medium term both centres are secure and the jobs are secure."

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