The running of the centre would not have been possible without the generosity of our volunteers, and this page is a tribute to them!
Borough Green has a long history of community spirit, and the project to build Da Joint proved that that spirit has not gone by a long chalk!
The young people who came forward and sat on committees and helped design and build the centre are simply too numerous to name, but they deserve recognition.
The adults and tradesmen who gave a lot of time and hard work to build the centre, and the businesses that donated materials and time, all richly deserved to win the Pfizer Award for Volunteering Excellence 2003.
But most of all, our thanks go to the legion of adult volunteers who man the centre. From that first public meeting, we had seventeen come forward to help run the centre. Since we opened the centre has been open four nights a week, and has never run seriously short of volunteers. It puzzled me at first, that of the twenty-six volunteers that we had signed up when the centre opened, not one parent of the youngsters on the streets that we were trying to help had come forward. I am glad to say that is not now the case, and over 50% of our volunteers are now parents of youngsters using the centre.
It must be remembered that these volunteers don't just sit in the centre for an evening a month, they clean and maintain it, and provide the adult supervision for all Da Joint's outside trips, parties, concerts and work projects.
Below Fran Ashby and Jackie Taylor gossip during a lull in the proceedings.