Bognor’s Youth and Community Centre has been given a makeover by more than sixty members of the RSA.
Staff from the society chose to spend their annual 'civic away day' supporting the work of Bognor CAN, a local charity that’s doing vital work within the town.
The RSA decided to volunteer its time in Bognor following their work with the West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) to trial new ways of helping people overcome their addictions.
This included setting up a Crawley-based Internet radio station for former drug users and a drop-in centre in Bognor Regis that offers advice and guidance to anyone affected by problem drug and alcohol misuse, including the friends and families of users.
Commenting on their time spent redecorating the community centre, RSA staff member Louisa Wells said:
"We only had one day to redecorate the entire community centre so it was a case of all hands on deck, but with over sixty members of staff to help out it was a job well done. We all had a great time and it felt good to help the Community Centre remain a nice place for local people to meet."
The RSA is a charity that’s committed to finding practical solutions to help communities overcome local challenges such as social isolation, unemployment or drug abuse. We believe that it requires all of us to use our time, skills and networks to help find new and innovative solutions to today's challenging problems.
The RSA has 27,000 Fellows - some of whom will be resident in Bognor and they form a great network of people whom the RSA inspires and supports to establish local projects that combat long term problems their community may face.
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