Community Youth Project
Greenham Common Trust has taken a 999 year lease of Greenham Community Centre to allow community facilities to be improved for local people.
The Trust has also invested over £150,000 to refurbish the building, which was in a poor state of repair and difficult to hire out for functions. This included installing a new kitchen and toilets, as well as turning the centre into an attractive venue for hire.
The Community Youth Project, which works with children in both Bishop's Green and Greenham, opened a youth club at the Community Centre, with activities and training programmes for young people. Both the Greenham and Bishop's Green projects have significantly reduced anti-social behaviour in the area.
As well as with Greenham Common Trust the Community Youth Project works in close partnership with:
- Local Housing Associations
- West Berkshire Council
- Diamond Portacabin Association
- Police and Community Support Officers
- Greater Greenham Partnership
- Greenham Community Association
- The Willows School
The Trust has supported the Community Youth Project with over £100,000 in funding and also by purchasing a minibus for the CYP to share with The Castle School.
During 2015 and 2016, the Community Youth Project experienced two unexpected staff changes in quick succession which resulted in significant challenges. This drove the need for the two applications to the Trust. 2 grants of £9,000 for each of the areas where the team works were both welcome and well timed.
Ian Green, Project Manager said:
“I’m enjoying the challenge of implementing our successful model of youth work at The Nightingales Estate at the same time as continuing the success of our work at Bishops Green. Young People from Bishops Green have significantly benefitted from their involvement in our work and I’m impressed that two of them, now adults, want to give something back by becoming part of our volunteer team at the Nightingales Estate. This would not be possible without the support of Greenham Common Trust and their grant aid for our work in both areas.
"These funds will help us to continue the success of our work at Bishops Green and secure the future of Greenham Community Centre for another year as we rebuild our work with children and young people from the Nightingales estate and beyond."
The Community Youth Project is always on the look out for fundraising ideas and skilled volunteers to run workshops such as a graffiti specialist. Visit www.communityyouth.org