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Community Association of New Eltham

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51.4365468066, 0.0692097148

Southwood Road,
New Eltham,
SE9 3QT, England

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+44 20 8850 7122

The Community Association of New Eltham began in 1996 as a result of the library here in New Eltham being refurbished. The new library facilities did not require all the rooms in the building in Southwood Road and so Greenwich Council approached the residents of New Eltham and asked if we would like to manage two rooms as a local community centre. A steering committee took a year to get the views of local residents, get their commitment, build a constitution and agree a lettings policy. So, on October 8th 1996 at the inaugural meeting, a committee was voted in place and the Association was born. Now, over eleven years later and after building a kitchen, storage cupboards, two additional toilets, improving the storage capacity, adding curtains and redecorating the rooms in 2000 and 2006 - this is your community centre. The Association was until recently, run completely by volunteers, as we do not receive any grants from the council, but do get rate relief. We pay rent to the council from the money we generate letting the rooms each quarter. At the 2001 AGM a decision was made to take on a part time Community Centre Co-ordinator to manage the day to day running of the centre and improve the type and number of activities we can offer. We raise our income by hiring out the rooms to event organisers, so that you can come along and enjoy what's on offer, see the regular events page for details. The committee also arrange events which are aimed at all age groups. A list of these activities are on our special events page. We operate a Coffee Shop, which is run by a small army of volunteers who are organised by Mrs Anne Read. It offers a warm place to meet up with friends and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee for as little as 30p/40p respectively. For opening times see the the regular activities page. C.A.N.E became a UKonLINE centre with four computers installed, all to Windows XP standard. Plus we have a small team of volunteers to help you access the equipment. If you want to learn how to use a computer or brush up on your existing knowledge come along and enrol. The tuition is free and you don't have to live in New Eltham to use this centre. C.A.N.E. has been successful with three grant applications. Firstly, As a result of the IT equipment we ran a "Gain Confidence to Approach the Job Market" course with a grant from Fastforward and Greenwich Neighbourhood Renewal. This helped twelve local people who were unemployed brush up on their I.T. and interview skills, to approach the job market.

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