Community at 67
Community at 67 is a totally volunteer run charity based in a small community centre in Queens Road, Keynsham. We work to promote social cohesion, by bringing together different social and generational groups, improving our community and building trust through interaction between community members. This creates a sense of pride in our community and a feeling of belonging. We aim to provide a safe and neutral space for different groups to socialise and increase engagement. We hope that organisations that work with us will find us supportive, trustworthy and willing to work with them to deliver shared objectives.
We could not survive without such a committed and enthusiastic group of volunteers who manage the centre and run many of the activities. In 2019 we carried out a survey of the hours people gave to the charity, and we worked out that an incredible 6,221 hours was given by volunteers in a year and it would have cost £138,758 to deliver the same services by paid staff. As well as helping deliver activities, volunteers also work hard behind the scenes doing essential tasks to keep the centre running such as cleaning and the work required to ensure we operate an effective and efficient charity. We are always looking for more volunteers to help run the centre. We are a friendly group who want to make our area a great place in which to live.
The building which Community at 67 now occupies was formerly a Post Office and
shop. When the premises closed a group of local people worked together to turn the former Post office into a community centre and in 2011 Community at 67 became a registered charity, for details of our constitution and annual reports see the Charity Commission website Charity overview, COMMUNITY AT 67 - 1163103, Register of Charities - The Charity Commission.
Converting the premises to a modern community centre required a great dal of hard
work and some generous grants. In 2014 we were awarded a grant from BANES to
transform the back yard into a meeting room, the back office of the shop into a
kitchen and install a new toilet. We have also replaced the shop frontage with a new
window and door and installed Wi-Fi and a hearing loop system.
Until recently we also had a radio studio used by KTCR FM, they outgrew the small
office and have now found larger premises. We lease the premises from Curo Housing Association and therefore need to cover the annual rental.