Coffee & Computers
There’s a new IT Session starting in Malvern at the Octagon, every Tuesday from 3.30pm. To celebrate this we asked Chantelle Brookes, Volunteer Community Support Worker & member of the Octagon’s management committee, to tell us a little bit more about the venue.
Q&A with Chantelle Brookes, Volunteer Community Support Worker
What is the Octagon?
Chantelle: It’s a community centre based in Poolbrook. It opened in 1995 and has won awards for it’s unusual shape.
What does the Octagon do?
Chantelle: There’s almost too much to mention! Clubs are put on for our community such as UG3 Tai Chi classes, and Martin Lawrence’s Zest For Life lunch club. We also have a successful clothing exchange for those aged 0-16 years. On Thursday mornings St Andrews run a cafe. Courtesy of the Co op we have a lovely set of bookshelves which allows us to run a share book service. We’re hoping to open a new youth club in September for 11 – 14 year olds, as well as a family club with activities for both parents and those under 11, who can get involved in crafts, IT, games, and enjoy a light snack, which is an opportunity for young people to have their say not only on what we’re doing, but also to get involved in things that are important to them. In August we will be holding our free family open day.
Wow, that’s amazing!
Chantelle: We’ve also started a new Coffee & Computers IT club every Tuesday from 3.30pm to 5pm to help people gain the skills they need to fill out online benefit forms such as Universal Credit, and look for work online, or just learn basic IT skills such how to use a smart phone or tablet. All in a very relaxed format.
The Octagon really believes in volunteers?
Chantelle: Yes, we are a strong team of volunteers who have a passion to help our community. If you are interested in gaining some work experience or would just like to donate your skills we would love to hear from you. You can find all the information about how to get involved, and our upcoming events, on our website.