About us The Centre Welcome to The Dorothy Parkes Centre providing a safe place of welcome and opportunity for the local and wider community The Dorothy Parkes Centre is a community centre based in Smethwick, a diverse and deprived area in the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell in the West Midlands. Our Centre opened in 2000 and was created out of the 'Old Church' parish hall by an innovative partnership between the Parish Church Council, Sandwell Area Health Authority, Harborne Parish Lands Charity, New Opportunities Fund and the Church Urban Fund. Our Centre aims to be a place of welcome and opportunity to the local and wider community and is fully accessible, open seven days a week. There are a variety of groups, classes, and activities available at our Centre which all aim to help tackle local issues such as physical health, mental health, obesity, social isolation, low educational attainment, poverty and unemployment. Our Centre hosts Local and General Election voting services, as well as community events, fundraising events, and private functions. We distribute food vouchers, host police, fire & council surgeries & promote other events and programmes happening throughout the borough. Dorothy Parkes Centre recently won the award for Outstanding Smethwick Community Organisation 2019 at the Smethwick Community Awards.