Our vision is that young people will have high quality spaces that enable them to thrive and be valued members of the community. Emsworth CLT plans to work closely with local Youth Groups, Churches and the YMCA.  There is plenty of evidence, from our Housing and Community survey, the Young People’s Day and the recent YMCA survey, that more facilities for young people are needed.  A survey of childcare also shows a need for more local nursery places.

The proposal is that YMCA develop a Centre to offer childcare, youth and community facilities, located adjacent to Hampshire Farm Meadows at the front of the Redlands Grange estate.  This is an opportunity for the whole community, because the nursery will provide a secure income, allowing the rest of the building to be maintained for use by the community.

Emsworth CLT has played a key role by

  • Setting up a project group that includes a local Councillor and representatives from Emsworth Residents Association, St James Church and Emsworth CLT itself
  • Securing funding for a feasibility study
  • Supporting YMCA’s bid to Havant Borough Council for a grant from the Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Ensuring that the community’s views are heard at all stages of the project.
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What have we done so far?

  • The project group has developed a proposal
  • Havant Council have made a grant of £200,000 towards the capital costs
  • The YMCA Emsworth Facebook page is set-up with over 130 members
  • A survey to capture local views has been undertaken
  • Building plans have been drafted and have been consulted on with Havant council and through the Facebook group.

Draft plans can be viewed at https://ymca-fg.org/emsworth/ .

What will the new Centre offer?

A warm welcome!

When you come into the building, you will walk into a friendly, yet spacious informal space so you can stop for a cuppa after dropping children at nursery. Been working hard in the allotment or walking in Hampshire Farm Meadows – why not meet up for a coffee? The community space is a space for everyone.

The best start in life

A purpose-built good quality environment where children can grow into independent learners, develop friendships and generally have fun! With the need for at least 75 nursery places, and having an excellent reputation for its nurseries, the YMCA nursery will be a wonderful addition to the existing good quality childcare provision in Emsworth.

Spending time with friends

Young people need a space to chill and chat, and they also said they want time to develop their musical, games, arts and other informal interests.  There will be a dedicated youth room with screens, speakers and sofas and the community space can be used for table tennis and other activities.

Time to play

There will be an outdoor multi-purpose games area that can be used all year round by the whole community.  In the Centre there is a smaller room that can be booked for exercise groups, specialist activities or one-off events.

What’s next?

The recent YMCA survey supported the opportunity for a new Centre but also asked challenging and important questions including

  • Ensuring sufficient car parking
  • Preventing noise and anti-social behaviour
  • Getting the building design right.

The project group is now working to address these concerns so that the final design delivers a high-quality Centre, with the facilities people want.

The Centre will cost approximately £1.5million to build.  £1million of this will come from YMCA, based on the business plan for the childcare operation; Havant Council have committed £200,000 and the balance of £300,000 will be sought from local fundraising activities.

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