The Lower Green Community CIO manage the Lower Green Community Centre. As well as providing a venue for user groups and individuals to hire, the CIO runs the Beehive Cafe and Support Hub at the Centre.

The Hub provides a warm and friendly place for Lower Green residents to meet socially and to access specialist support and advice, where needed. Whether they just want a cup of tea and a chat or are struggling with debt, mental health, or other issues, we provide a place to go when things are tough.

By offering people practical support and a listening ear early on, we aim to prevent problems from escalating to a crisis.

Many of our projects centre around food - bridging the gap between food waste and food poverty by redistributing surplus supermarket and home-grown produce for local families through our Community Fridge and Surplus Trolley.

We also focus on supporting local families many of whom are single parents. We are a distribution point for Stripey Stork who provide children’s clothing, toys and essential items for babies and children and we host the Elmbridge BriteBox team who distribute meal boxes via the local schools for parents to cook with their children.

Over the winter months we operated as a Warm Welcome Hub providing homemade soup and free hot drinks and access to other initiatives to support local people with the cost of living crisis.

From small beginnings in 2019 when we took on the lease for the Community Centre, we have big ideas for the future and have a number of grassroots projects and initiatives in the pipeline! We employ a small team to run the Centre who are supported by other volunteers and our Trustees.

We are currently looking to recruit additional Trustees to provide leadership and governance for the charity.

If you have a heart for the local community and would like to be part of an enthusiastic, innovative team with a ‘can do’ attitude we’d love to hear from you!

What skills do I need?

Experience of charity and / or company administration eg business planning, strategy, employment, finance, facilities management, etc.

  • Children
  • Employment, Education and Training
  • Families and Parenting
  • Foodbanks
  • Mental Health
  • Older People
  • Trusteeship, Committee Work

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When can I volunteer?

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Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No

Availability Details

Trustee Meetings are normally held every two months on a weekday evening at the Community Centre. Trustees can work from home but it is always appreciated when they come in to the Centre when the cafe is open during the day to talk to staff and the Centre users.

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