Why is the Youth Centre at risk?
Horncastle Youth Centre was formerly operated by Lincolnshire Children's Services. Between 2015 and 2019, the County Council has reduced spending on youth services by around 55%, resulting in the closure of many of our youth centres.
For many years, Horncastle Youth Centre has been used by clubs, charities and other organisations to provide activities for children and young people, as well as for the wider community, including a dance school, 8-11 youth club, judo club, over-50s club, and more.
However, earlier this summer, these users were informed that the building would be permanently closed at the end of September 2019 - making them homeless.
Many groups based in the Centre were forced to find alternative, less suitable venues around the area - or even shut down.
What are we doing about it?
Horncastle Youth Centre Working Group (HYCWG) was formed in August 2019 to prevent the closure, and has successfully negotiated with the County Council to secure a short-term lease, while it creates a business case for transferring the building permanently through a 'community asset transfer'.
We have exciting plans for the long-term to turn the Centre into a self-sustaining community resource, attracting larger grants to fund major works on the building in future.
However, this will take time to achieve, and funds are urgently required to ensure that HYCWG can cover the immediate costs of repairing, reopening and running the building for the next few months - and to help with the costs of preparing our business plan.
Who are we?
HYCWG is not a registered charity, but is in the process of applying to register with the UK Charity Commission. It has a written constitution and a board of trustees.
In the event that funds raised cannot be used for the Youth Centre, contributions will be returned to donors where possible, or donated to similar charitable organisations in the Horncastle area.