We are excited to announce a new and innovative community hub in the heart of Norwich.
The renovated Jubilee Hall situated on Aylsham Road in Norwich which was previously owned and operated by the Royal British Legion will open in Summer 2020.
We wish to create a sustainable community hub that will help build the foundations for strong families and community relationships in this under-resourced area of the city. This will include:
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The aim of the café is to draw the community to the centre to act as a meeting place, a neutral space where people can come to enjoy themselves but also bump into people and services that help meet their needs and build relationships. The café will be designed to grow a sense of belonging amongst families while, through the provision of chaplains and activities, all members of the community, including the older generation, will receive a welcome and grow to be known in our community.
There will be an Ofsted registered nursery providing day care for 90 children. We will provide a mix of places to ensure that families from less advantaged backgrounds are able to take advantage of places available. This income will provide the main foundation of the sustainability of the scheme and will enable us to build relationships with local families. This alongside the chaplaincy team will help us to determine community need and respond effectively with additional services and support.
We will look for the nursery to partner with local homes for older people to bring the generations together and improve health & well-being and social skills development (as recently highlighted in Channel 4’s ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’). This will involve activities such as crafts, drawing and soft ball games.
Soft play centre and outdoor play area
A dedicated secure soft play space will complement the café and provide a focal point for families with young children. This, and the outdoor space, will provide opportunities for parents and carers to gain some respite whilst enjoying the café and other facilities as well as being used for community activities and planned programmes.
Chaplaincy and pastoral support
Like other public and community areas, a chaplaincy team will be available to the public for any pastoral concerns or needs. This team will act as community first responders to spot needs and signpost or link to other community services. This will include social prescribing to reduce pressure on public services such as GP surgeries. It will also provide a nurturing space for informal family contact where a separated family does not meet the threshold for supervised contact from Norfolk County Council.
Young people will have a dedicated youth club to attend each week where positive activities and role models will be available to help guide and support them during key development stages. A constructive consequence of spending their time positively will be to make it less likely they come into contact with the criminal justice system and get involved in antisocial behaviour.
YMCA office space
The YMCA head office will move from the city centre to be based at the site to reinforce the message of permanency we want to give the local community. It will also reduce running costs enabling more investment to be made in community provision and provide a constant presence within the community.
In line with current YMCA practice, the formal training and development of young people will be an integral part of all operations on site. The Nursery, soft play, café and customer service will all be early opportunities for young people to gain experience and qualifications. This will be extended as programmes grow. We have already demonstrated the value of these opportunities at our stepping Stones café located opposite Norwich bus station.
Our services, projects and opportunities will reduce worklessness, reduce crime & antisocial behaviour, improve wellbeing & mental health, reduce loneliness & isolation, improve school readiness and prevent crisis.
We welcome enquiries from individuals, community groups or businesses that can offer financial or practical support to take this initiative forward. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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