About us

 Our mission  

We strive to be a place where people can find warmth, friendship and support, whatever their age or socio-economic status. This has been, and always will be, at the core of CentrePeace's work.

 How it all began... 

The concept of CentrePeace had lived in the hearts of a small group of friends for some years until a suitable place was found and the dream started to become a reality.

 

We used to think how wonderful it would be to have a centre - a focal point - where anyone who needed help could find it.  Not everyone is lucky enough to have friends or family that they can turn to when in need. Sometimes just a cup of tea and a chat is enough, at others more specific or professional help is needed.  We wanted to create a place that wouldn't be aimed at any one section of society but embrace all; that wouldn’t just be for the financially deprived but that would cater for the WHOLE community – there are many forms of deprivation and very often people feel deprived of love, care, recognition and friendship.  CentrePeace is being established to be a ‘family’ to those in need – whatever the need.  In our individual lives, if someone needs help, it doesn’t matter if they are young or old, rich or poor – or any other of the ‘categories’ that people are put into.  If we can help, we do it. 

 

That is how we want CentrePeace to be; a place where people can find warmth, friendship and help, whatever their age or socio/economic status.  We have a wealth of qualifications and experience amongst our volunteers but if someone needs help that we can’t provide, we will support them and help them find it.  
 

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< A few of the team from the early days: Sarah, Tracey, Terry and Dot.

 

Dot, though sadly no longer with us, was kind, generous and always greeted people with an open mind. She had a huge heart that could hold love for everyone, and it was her spirit and wit that sparked CentrePeace’s beginnings.

 

A special  thank you  to our volunteers

Since the very beginning, CentrePeace has relied on the help of a committed team of hard working volunteers. Without them, the idea would still be merely a dream. From those who helped in the early stages during the endless days of cleaning, painting and decorating, to those who now work tirelessly in our charity shop and cafe to generate the vital funds that keep the centre running, we would like to say the biggest of thank yous. 

 

Current volunteer opportunities 

We're always on the look out for volunteers to join the CentrePeace family. No matter how much or little experience you have, there is always some way you can help, so  we'd love to hear from you! 

 

Give us a call on 01803 550720 or email our Wellbeing & Volunteer Coordinator, Maya King, for more information: maya.king@centrepeace.org.uk.

 A warm hello from our staff & trustees 

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 Jenny Green 

Assistant Cafe Coordinator

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 Terri Emberson 

Founder & Chair of the Board

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 Denice Vandenberg 

Trustee

 
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 Lisa Barsley 

Trustee

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 Linda Gillespie 

Trustee

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 Pam Harvey 

Trustee

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 Sarah Parris 

Centre Manager

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 Jane Mason 

Counselling Coordinator

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 Maya King 

Wellbeing & Volunteer Coordinator