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Heene Community Centre

A Short History


Heene Community Centre operates from a flint-based, old church-school building In West Worthing, on the corner of Heene Road and Winchester Road.


In 1984 a group of retired residents created the Heene Community Association (HCA) with one key objective in mind; “to form a community centre for the welfare of local people”.


When, in 1986, junior school children were moved into the new premises of Heene First School in Cobden Road, the newly formed Association approached Worthing Borough Council and asked permission to use the old school building as their community centre. A short lease was granted and using a skeleton staff of volunteers HCA began to provide meeting rooms to accommodate local people’s activities, such as, dances, bridge and table tennis.


The Association obtained charitable status and over many years of fund-raising by loyal members and an enthusiastic management committee, a large modern hall was added to the facilities, followed by a brand new kitchen.


After many years of negotiation, in 2004, the Association was finally granted a 30 year lease from Worthing Borough Council.


Currently HCA hosts a variety of diverse activities lead by some experienced volunteers. Our rooms are also hired by a multitude of individuals, including art groups and exercise classes. A nursery school operates in the upstairs rooms during term times.



Mission Statement


This statement outlines the services that members and users of the community centre can expect from our centre and the values that inform our work.


Our centre aims to:


  • Provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment for all members and users
  • Encourage members and users to have a positive attitude and respect for both themselves and their environment
  • Promote a positive relationship with members and users and work in partnership with them to provide a high quality environment
  • Offer inclusive services that are accessible to all members and users of the community centre
  • Undergo regular monitoring and evaluation of our services to ensure that the centre continues to meet the needs of members and users


Our centre is committed to meeting the needs of members and users by:


  • Listening and responding to their views and concerns
  • Keeping them informed of our policies and procedures, including opening times, fees, charges and a programme of activities


Our centre is committed to providing:


  • Care and activities that put the needs and safety of members and users first
  • A staff team who are experienced, well trained and properly supported
  • An environment where no member or user suffers from discrimination in any form
  • A programme of activities that is interesting, stimulating and fun
  • Access to a variety of facilities and equipment under safe conditions


Heene Community Centre
122 Heene Road
Worthing, West Sussex BN11 4PL

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