Southfield Centre News






The next Management Committee meeting takes place in the Centre on MONDAY 26 AUGUST 2019 at 6.30pm.



MAY 2019


The Annual General Meeting took place in the Centre on MONDAY 20 MAY 2019.


Office-Bearers were re-elected as follows :


CHAIR                      Eileen Bolton

VICE-CHAIR             David McLean

SECRETARY              David McLean

TREASURER              Elizabeth Ross





Ewan Jackson (Chief Executive, Live Borders) recently re-emphasised the importance of community centres as being at the heart of the organisation's health and well-being ethos. Live Borders is therefore committed to the ongoing success of centres like Southfield.


However, with financial and other pressures at work, some fundamental changes will need to be considered in how community centres are managed. Among the main likely changes are these :


Management Committee


The constitution for community centres will change and the management committee will need to become more representative of the wider community instead of consisting only of user group representatives.


Pricing Policy


The pricing policy which determines room hire charges will need to change. This is likely to include increases in these charges. Free lets will disappear and the future policy will be that 'everyone pays something'.


Financial Management


The traditional practice in which community centres retain their income while their expenses are charged to Live Borders is likely to change so as to wrap the two together. Further discussion will need to determine what level of financial autonomy, if any, centres will have in future.




It is judged to be inherently illogical that some community centres (such as Southfield) have full-time caretakers while others which are equally busy or even busier do not. Efforts will need to be made to better equalise these services across premises.











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