Registered Charity No: 1177363
Our Values, Vision and Purpose
The Centre is run by the Viables Community Association which is a voluntary led charity serving the local community. We have a variety of event spaces available for hire which are used regularly by private individuals and for multiple classes and activities. We have everything from parties to Pilates, dressmaking to fitness classes, quizzes and children's groups!
Formed in November 2004, Viables Community Association is a registered charity, governed by its Constitution and run by a group of volunteer Trustees. Our immediate community to the Viables Community centre stretches between the Basingstoke Ring Road and the M3 Motorway, from the Camrose Way Estate to the east and Sullivan Road, Brighton Hill, to the west. Our site is situated off the Harrow Way in South Basingstoke, adjacent to the Harrow Way/Cranbourne and North Brighton Hill estates. However, our area of benefit now takes in the whole of the Eastrop and Grove area. Eastrop is the area in which our second community buidling sits - the Roger Morris Community Centre.
Our aim is to provide a community facility which is affordable, accessible and meets people's needs. Please let us know if there is more we could be doing. We always need more volunteers to help deliver our community magazine - the Harrow Way; to make teas and coffees for our groups and at our events; and to help in the office now and again. Or you could just come and help us plan for the future. Everyone is very welcome!
We have recently had our buildings refurbished, which now means we can offer better services than ever. To see what we have available please see our Facilities Page. We are always happy to accept bookings for private functions and suggestions as to community events we could run. For more information, please either see our FAQ's or Contact Us. To keep completely up to date, please like us on Facebook pages. Viables and Eastrop.
The committee is currently made up of 10 members, including multiple roles that allow us to run smoothly. The roles, as well as who is currently in that position are below.
The chair is a member of the committee. It is their job to oversee that decisions made by the committee are carried out and has a casting vote should it be required. Responsibilities include:
- Chairing trustee meetings
- Liaising between members of staff and trustee members where required
The current chair is Bruce Hibbert. He has recently joined the committee and is keen to become more involved with the community following a successful career in sales and marketing.
The vice chair is second in command. When the chair isn't available then the vice chair is responsible.
Currently, Kevin Roche holds the position of vice-chair.
The treasurer is responsible for the accounts of the committee. With multiple rooms for hire as well as various fundraising activities this is sometimes very tricky! Responsibilities include:
- Making sure the committee is keeping proper accounts
- Taking the lead in policies involving finance
Ian May-Miller is our current treasurer. He joined us in 2019 and is a local resident with a background in accounting.
The secretary is responsible for planning meetings for the trustees, creating and distributing agendas and minutes and any other governance administration required. Our current secretary is Leigh White who joined us in 2021.
We have an active and capable committee who help to support the running of the centres.
If you are interested in becoming a trustee, or in any other volunteering roles, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Association have appointed staff to deal with the day to day management and activities.
Centre(s) Manager - Luan Squire
Assistant Manager - Debbie Soto
Centre Coordinator - Cheryl Vertannes
Centre Assistant - Sarah Gaunt
Children's Activities Coordinator - Hannah Stockley
Memory Club Activities Coordinators - Helene O'Connor and Sarah Gaunt