If you are planning an event at a community centre, you should make sure it is interesting enough, so that people feel that attending it is worth their time. Some of the ways you can make events at community centres more interesting include the following:
Send Invitations Out Early
Unless it is an emergency-related event, such as those that are held when tragedies strike a community, you should send invitations out as early as possible. Early planning ensures that you receive enough responses and reservations, and can therefore plan accordingly. Early invitations also allow people who want to attend an event to make time for it in their busy schedules. You can also get a group of volunteers to help you send out all the invitations if you want as many people as possible to attend your event.
Provide Space for Maximum Participation
The reason why people go to community centres is mostly to socialize and meet with friends and acquaintances. They want to be part of the local discussion, or become actively involved in various functions. That is why, when planning for an event, you should factor in exactly how they will participate. This includes providing microphones and other facilities that will allow them to take part in an effective manner.
Maintain the Facility
One of the reasons that people give for not attending events held at community centres is the poor condition of the centres themselves. Therefore, one of the projects that event organizers can focus on are ‘cleanup days’ in which members of the community come together to maintain the facility. This will help foster a sense of belonging, and allow community members to feel they are directly involved. Maintenance of community centres should be an ongoing project; it should not just be limited to when events are being held.