Construction of an old hall to be transformed into a vital Community Hub by YMCA Norfolk has commenced, just as fundraising efforts surpass £1M. The hall on Aylsham Road was formerly used by war veterans and families before closing in 2014. YMCA’s new project will see the building undergo a complete renovation into an innovative and family focussed community hub, with a nursery, café and soft play centre for 0-11-year olds. The YMCA Norfolk offices will also be moving to the site as part of a long-term commitment to the area.
Work began on the site Thursday 30 January, managed by construction consultancy DCP Surveyors. The existing building is being stripped out before the new purpose built and environmentally friendly facilities are installed.
YMCA Norfolk have recently surpassed £1M in their fundraising efforts, now having raised a total of £1.16M with the support of trusts, foundations and generous individuals, as well as Norfolk County Council. Public support has also helped to raise over £11,000, 45% of the public appeal target of £25,000.
YMCA Norfolk CEO Tim Sweeting said
“We are excited that we have now passed the £1M mark in our fundraising journey for this project. We are very grateful for the pledges we have received so far to reach this milestone, and they will help to establish our ambitious Community Hub which will benefit and support families and youth in the area for many years to come.”
Once completed, the hub will be the home of Muddy Puddles Nursery, an Ofsted registered Nursery providing a positive environment where children can feel secure and valued. The nursery will have a focus on encouraging children to be curious and adventurous in their play and learning.
The hub will also feature a family centred Community Café, a clean and comfortable restaurant serving coffee and homecooked meals. This will be a space for parents to relax and watch whilst children enjoy the soft play.
Profits made through the Community Hub will be help YMCA Norfolk continue to reinvest in provisions for the local community such as youth clubs.
YMCA Norfolk are continuing to welcome hearing from individuals, community groups or businesses that can offer financial or practical support to take this innovative project forward. Members of the public who would like to offer financial support are invited to visit the public appeal page on Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/ymcanorfolkcommunityhub