A Brief History of the Community Association
Bilston Health Clinic built new premises, and the old building was surplus to requirements. The committee took the opportunity to acquire the building through the WMB Council and were successful in their endeavour. The Education Department, which was responsible for community centres in Wolverhampton, bought the building. An agreement was made that the BCA would manage the building and be responsible for the upkeep of the premises. Office staff were provided to train the volunteers in the day-to-day running of the Centre. Activities and membership grew dramatically almost five-fold.
A new constitution was discussed and approved. Charity registration was achieved and wider publicity was pursued . The facilities were being widely used and were becoming more popular. The membership increased and requests from the public at large to use the facilities were also very demanding. Volunteers were taking extra work in their stride with a view to make BCA more progressive. The volunteers excellent work was being noted Borough wide. BCA affiliated to Wolverhampton Federation of Community Organisations (WFCO) , Local Federation of Community Organisation and Community Matters ( a UK Umbrella Organisation), the Citizens Advice Bureau, Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council and the local police consultative committee.
BCA had sent their representatives to
the Community Matters national conference since 1990. Their secretary
was selected to facilitate one of their workshops in Budapest (Hungary)
in 1992. European multi-cultural conferences hosted by WMBC council in
1993 elected the BCA secretary to be co-chairman . The Centre hosted
two workshops for this conference. In 1998 the Association voted, after
a keen debate, to support the Hon Sec as our representative at the
International Conference of Community Associations in Jerusalem. This
demonstrates the importance members give to the international
perspective of their work in Bilston.
Having celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2010, Bilston Community Association continues to thrive with a range of activities taking place in our Community Centre. Don't forget it may be an old building but we have a modern I.T. suite available for hire