MRC Community Action is non-profit charity organisation & community hub 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.

Meeting rooms are available to hire within our centre at competitive prices by hour or for longer term contracts. Please get in touch if you are loooking to hold your meeting, group or event in Coalville as we're sure to have something for you.
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).
We also have a range of full time base users who have office space within the centre such as Substantial Life, No Place like Home, Way Ahead and Rocket Railways!

Get Involved and support The Marlene Reid Centre

We pride ourselves on the genuine enthusiasm and supportive team work from all of our staff, volunteers and supporters. Together our team family treat all colleagues with trust, respect and enable everyone the support they need with opportunity to excel. 

Anyone can get involved in our mission and do a little good in our community by:


VOLUNTEER a few hours of your time and skills in various areas of our centre.

WORK for us, and find your perfect career path in the charity sector.

DONATE to us, to help to continue our innovative community projects.


Demonstrate Your Company's Caring Nature and Trustworthiness through Corporate Giving. 

By supporting meaningful causes like ours, you can create a positive impact on our society. Effective corporate giving generates maximum results, benefiting the local community and businesses alike. Contact us if you'd like to know more about how you can give back to the community! 

Our History

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 as an honorary Trustee of the Board of MRC Community Action.





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