Malvern Cube is an inclusive environment for young people and the community of Malvern, and champions projects that enhance the community experience. We:
· Create opportunities for people to come together and share a feeling of community
· Facilitate a varied, exciting programme of activities and events for young people and the community
· Manage Malvern Cube to be an affordable, versatile community space.
Malvern Cube is a versatile affordable community space offering access to a varied and exciting programme of activities and events.
Chair: Robin Coates
Robin's retirement interests have been focused on community engagement and carbon footprint reductions. Through Transition Malvern Hills and its associated projects Robin was involved from the beginning of the campaign to save the Malvern Youth Centre, now the Cube. It was recognised what an opportunity this was to create a space that enabled diversity of age, ability and interests to meet and enhance our community. As well as a building that could act as a demonstration of how an older building could become energy efficient and its grounds support community vegetable growing.
Vice Chair: Carola Bennion
Carola has worked with central government departments, local authorities and voluntary and community organisations for over 25 years with particular expertise in services for children, young people and families. She is Director at Beacon CIC beaconcic.org a social enterprise working with commissioners and funders, voluntary and community organisations, charities and social enterprises. Carola has extensive and valuable experience in strategic development and business planning, business support to new organisations and social ventures, developing effective commissioning arrangements and multi-agency strategic partnerships and involving young people in service planning and commissioning. She also works as an executive coach.
Jill retired from her job as head of the Department of English, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Worcester in 2014. She brings a wealth of experience in teaching, research, leadership and management. Jill led, as Chair of the Malvern Community Collective, the campaign which saved the youth centre, now Malvern Cube. . Jill continues to facilitate individuals and organisations through her consultancy at Jillterryorganising.co.uk.
Treasurer: Matthew Chuck
Matthew has previously been a trustee in the education and charity sectors, and in his profession as a consultant and adviser to small businesses, has worked with the owners of not-for-profit organisations to achieve their goals. He joined the Trust as treasurer in June 2014, to reinforce its strategic outlook and to help it achieve a key objective, that of becoming financially robust and self-sustaining, thereby enabling the Cube to become a truly versatile facility fully supported by its local community.
Gillian moved to Malvern in 2013. She has many years’ experience of working with communities, particularly in building partnerships between statutory and non-statutory bodies, and in the field of education and youth. Much of her working life has been spent in areas of great ethnic diversity. She was a trustee of BYF, Bangladeshi Youth Forum in Lozells, Birmingham, and most recently worked as the coordinator for Dudley Borough Interfaith Network. As a trustee at Malvern Cube she chairs the fund-raising group.
Karen began her professional career as a Landscape Architect but for the past fifteen years has enjoyed working in community development, supporting rural communities with a wide range of projects and helping them to engage with rural planning. She now uses her experience of working with people and place to manage a project to restore and celebrate traditional orchards across the Three Counties.
Karen lives in Malvern and has been an active member of several local organisations, including school PTA's, the Duckworth Trust and Priory youth and music groups. Her three children have all used the Cube, both for formal activities and as an informal place to meet with friends. There are exciting plans ahead for the Cube and Karen is keen to help it develop to meet the needs of the Malvern community.
If you have some spare time, volunteering with us will have a meaningful and positive impact on the Malvern Cube and your input will be invaluable to help us with further development.
Everyone has something to offer and something to gain from volunteering and we will value your experience and expertise going forward. How can we help you to help us?
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