MRC Community Action is non-profit charity based in Coalville.


We work in collaboration with individuals, families, groups and organisations to encourage, facilitate, manage and deliver, positive community activity in North West Leicestershire and beyond.

We are wholly committed to equality of opportunity and the elimination of all discrimination.

The centre itself is fully accessible with ramped access on both sides of the building, disabled facilities throughout and a lift to access first floor. To see whats going on each week see our 'Whats On' diary for more info.
The Marlene Reid Centre is proud to be part of the 'Keep Safe' Scheme developed by Leicestershire County Council. This means we can provide temporary havens and offer immediate reassurances to people who are feeling vulnerable, upset, scared or distressed in town centres. Staff can offer basic support, including a place to sit down and ensure contact is made with friends or relatives (or the emergency services where required).
Professional meeting, training and small interview rooms to hire by the hour. For the community, our rooms can be used for a wide range of activities, including events, parties, group meetings, celebrations or workshops. We also have a large hall with kitchen.
Soft Play 
We have a soft play area and café serving food, drinks and snacks open three days per week for children under 5 years of age. A great way for parents (and grandparents) to socialise with others in the community and a safe environment for your little ones.
Furniture Warehouse 
We currently have two stores.
Our store off Needhams Walk sells quality second-hand and upcycled tables, chairs, sofas and much much more.  Our Store in the Belvoir Shopping Centre sells graded white goods and quality beds. 
This is our charity shop on Belvoir Road in Coalville which sells good quality donated items of clothing, books, bric-a-brac and toys at low prices enabling us to continue our community projects.
This include a social car scheme, mini bus hire to the public and regular trips to supermarkets and local landmarks running all year round.
We also offer a with competitive prices for all individuals and businesses. See DBS for more info.
What people say about us

"What a pleasure to have used this facility. Well placed in the town centre. Wonderful welcoming front of house staff and well equipped conference rooms. Nothing was too much trouble. Well recommended." Iain de Gresley

"I've been based here since early 2016 and I have to say the MRC is a fantastic place. All of the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and many of the programmes that I've delivered would not have been successful without their support. They do brilliant work to support the community such as REACT Furniture Project, Little Dragons Den Soft Play, Community Transport and The Attic. I would definitely recommend." Jordan Lutchman



MRC Community Action (formerly known as NWLCVS or North West Leicestershire Council For Voluntary Service) has been serving the local community for more than thirty years. A former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel and school building erected in 1881, used today as a community resource, known as the Marlene Reid Centre.

The building is named in commemoration of Marlene Reid of Whitwick who died in 1986, and whose own disability inspired her to pioneer local voluntary services, also earning her Leicestershire's 'Woman of the Year' award. Although she suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and was confined to a wheelchair, Marlene continued to run the family home for her husband John and their four children, as well as making a full contribution to the life of the local community.

After her husband had come to volunteer, Marlene was involved with Coalville Volunteer Bureau for about ten years. Before long, she was offered the voluntary job of co-ordinating all transport requests which she undertook from 9 am to 5 pm each weekday, except Tuesdays - her "day off".

During 1985/86 Marlene filled 3,982 transport jobs.

Marlene was a member of the Management Committee of the Volunteer Bureau and, in 1982, she joined the Steering Group of North West Leicestershire Council for Voluntary Service. In March 1983 Marlene was elected Honorary Secretary to the Management Committee of NWLCVS, a position she held until here death.

Marlene's initiative was also instrumental in the creation of the Standing Committee for Handicapped & Disabled People (HANDSTAND) and its Access Sub-Committee.

In 1983 Marlene was Leicestershire's WOMAN OF THE YEAR.

Today, John Reid continues to volunteer regularly at the centre and is a Trustee of the Board of MRC Community Action.


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