Youth centre given major overhaul after raising £30,000 in a year

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 November 2017

Members happy with new facilities at Yatton Youth Club.

Members happy with new facilities at Yatton Youth Club.

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A whirlwind 12 months has seen a Yatton youth centre overhauled thanks to the generosity of sponsors and donors.

A year ago this week a fundraising effort was launched by Yatton Youth Club volunteers to make major renovations to the community hub in Rock Road.

The main hall area has undergone a large revamp to make it far more attractive and exciting for the children, after £32,000 was raised to pay for improvements.

The changes have led to an increase in the number of children using the centre.

Youth worker Niccy Hook thanked everyone who has supported the project so far.

She said: “We’ve had an absolutely brilliant response (to the campaign) since we launched it a year ago.

“I can’t believe a year has passed but we have raised £32,000.

“It has felt like a mountain we wouldn’t get up. While we’d like a bit more, it has been an absolutely amazing effort.”

To date, there have been a number of fundraisers including a charity car wash. An anonymous donation of £10,000 provided the project with a huge financial boost too.

But, there are plans to carry out more improvements.

The fundraising campaign was launched in late-2016 to pay for changes to the main hall, to improve kitchen facilities and more. An estimated £50,000 is needed to do all the updates.

The youth centre has applied to the National Lottery for funding to carry out work to its toilets. It will hear back on its bid early next year.

It has also ben enrolled in the Aviva Community Fund scheme in the hope of earning up to £25,000. Public votes online will determine if it is successful.

The changes have inspired its users too to think about how lucky they are to have the youth club.

Niccy said: “Young children really car about the club which is very nice and getting involved in the fundraising.”

Parish councillor Jonathan Edwards praised Niccy, her colleagues and the children for the effort.

He said: “There has been some fantastic progress over the past year.”

The youth club opened in the 1950s but funding cuts have meant there has been little surplus money left to maintain the building in recent years.

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