We’re looking better!


You can’t have missed the rather scruffy approach to the Centre down the side of the shop, and the uneven car parking spaces on the other side of the fence.

All this is changing!  The concrete is being removed and the little road to the Centre improved.  It won’t be long before our surroundings look a lot better.


New faces in the office!

We are thrilled to announce that we have not one, but two new administrators working at the Community Centre. Sarah Woodward and Kate Randell are learning the ropes and will be flying solo from the beginning of November.  

Sarah: I will be working in the Community Centre 13 hours a week, taking bookings, handling communications, marketing the centre, organising the volunteers and dealing with pretty much anything that comes through our doors!  zsarahI moved to Botley with my fiance, Simon, two and a half years ago from the Donnington Bridge area. Before working for the Dean Court Community Centre, I worked in the Travel Industry as a Reservation/ Administration Consultant and a Travel Agent Manager. I loved that every day was different with lots of new and exciting enquiries to keep me busy. I understand that no two days at the centre are ever the same and I look forward to this.


Kate: I have joined Dean Court Community Centre as a part-time administrator. My hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10,00-13,00. My role mostly focuses on the financial aspects of running the centre, but I will also be avaikatelable to help answer general queries and welcome visitors to the centre. I have been involved with the centre throughout its journey, helping with fundraising during the building work and becoming a regular user of the centre on completion, through private hire, participating in children’s dance classes, and attending the monthly Court Crafting meetings. I also set up and ran a mothers and babies group here.



We’re hiring!

Are you a friendly, community-minded human being with good organisational skills and the ability to use (or learn to use) Twitter, Facebook and WordPress? Are you available for 9 hours to be spread over Friday-Tuesday and to include some hours at the weekend? Would you like £8.25 an hour? Do you dream of working closely with our lovely existing administrator Rachael?

We’re looking for a second administrator who can take responsibility for our publicity and general communication with the world – you might have noticed we’re a bit sporadic with updating the website! They will also be able to increase the time that we can staff the centre for by working some of the weekend. Job description as follows:

Job description

  1. To market the Community Centre and DCCA events to local groups and individuals using all available channels including the website and social media, with appropriate direction and support from the Trustees and Volunteer Team.
  2. To co-ordinate the upkeep of our website (currently WordPress), mainly through blog posts and simple site admin (training provided).
  3. To take bookings, confirm that they comply with the Bookings Policy and confirm the booking with the hirer using the standard confirmation form.
  4. To deal with emails and other correspondence as necessary.
  5. To greet hirers for sessions taking place during working hours and ensure the centre is clean and tidy.
  6. To book cleaners and other contactors as necessary and occasionally undertake light cleaning duties if needed.

For more information and an application form, please e-mail jobs.deancourtcc@gmail.com. If this isn’t you, do you have any friends who might be interested? Send them our way!