A POPULAR community centre could close down if new board members are not found.

The facility in Gibshill has a new and enthusiastic staff team bursting with ideas to take the centre forward.

But the current management board is ready to step down and new blood is urgently needed.

Erin Donnelly, development manager, said: "We are looking for trustees.

"We currently have a board which have served for up to 18 years and through ill health or work commitments have been forced to stand down.

"We have a car and a fantastic new staff team but we have no-one to drive it.

"Without the management committee we could potentially lose the centre."

Erin who is in her third month in her new role, says the centre is well used by the community.

She said: "It is well established and well used - around 90 per cent of the activities we offer are community led.

"Parents lead the toddlers group and creative kids, which is our messy play, and there's also the indoor bowling club for adults with additional support needs and a youth club run by volunteers.

"We also have community bingo on Friday night."

Erin says local people have an input into the external agencies who hire the centre, such as Morton in the Community and Boogie Bug.

She said: "We are led by whatever the community wants."

Erin arranged an annual general meeting earlier in the year but unfortunately only two people turned up.

She followed this up with an EGM and only four or five people showed an interest.

She said: "Even though the centre is very well supported and well used the worse case scenario is we could shut.

"It is a Scottish registered charity, owned by the community and run by the community and staffed by us.

"I would be absolutely gutted if we lost it.

"I would be shellshocked, as it is so well used and so well loved."

Erin, who has ambitious plans to introduce a whole host of new classes, said: "We would ideally look for six members on the board.

"There are so many benefits of being a trustee, especially for under-25s.

"They will be given training and will get work experience help to build their CV and it opens doorways to further or higher education and employment."