Friday, June 30, 2006

North Mymms Community Centre help needed

The North Mymms Youth and Community Centre is still in need of new volunteers to help with its upkeep. Despite recent appeals in the local press and on the Brookmans Park Website, there has been very little response.

The Centre is extremely well used by the local community, but it is not directly funded by the local authority or parish council, although both have and do help with practical assistance when possible. Primarily it relies on fund raising and volunteer labour to keep it going.

As a venue for many local organisations and for family parties and gatherings, it needs an enegetic and enthusiastic management committee. If you could help,please email the center by clicking here.

A recent re-launch of a youth club at the Centre by Welwyn Hatfield Youth Partnership and The Welham Green Youth Project unfortunately was unsuccessful. Due to a number of anti-social youths spoiling it for the majority of the young people in the village, over £1000 worth of damage was done to the Centre in under 2 months.

A burnt out car at the community centre

Regretably, both the organisers of the club and the management committee of the Centre were agreed that the club had to close as it was clearly also damaging relationships with the many other users of the Centre and risked the Centre losing bookings as a result.

Damage at that level was unsustainable. Besides, the Centre was already providing a venue for may activities for young people through other organisations with no damage.

The resulting damage to the garage doors

Unfortunately, damage around the Centre has continued, with the now empty garages on the site having been targetted. Two of them have asbestos roofing and have now been damaged by youngsters climbing on them and falling through. They urgently need to be removed, but at a cost of around £1000 for each garage, the centre would like to seek assistance from the local community.

If anyone is in contact with, owns or works for a licensed asbestos removal/building contractor, please email the center by clicking here.

It has been decided not to replace the roofs as the doors have been damaged by frequent attempts to break in and when a car was abandonned and burnt out beside one earlier this year. Also, there is evidence that the garages have been used for drug taking and therefore will not be repaired.

It is a sad state of affairs, but to continue to provide a safe and popular local venue for local people, the Centre's committee must take this action. Unfortunately, the cost of removal is equivalent to around a third of the Centre's normal annual running costs. Any help would be welcome.


At Friday, June 30, 2006 8:51:00 pm, Blogger David Brewer said...

How on earth do you keep going? I've been running this site for eight years and we've had endless stories about efforts to keep a youth club going. I am full of respect for all you and the other volunteers do. I'd have given up ages ago. What is it that inspires you to keep trying?


At Saturday, July 01, 2006 5:15:00 pm, Blogger Ferdie said...

It's the many happy years I had in the 2nd Hatfield, 1st Brookmans Park Scouts, the Church Youth Group at St Mary's North Mymms and with the fore runner of the Community Centre youth club when it was held at Chancellors School that made me value the benefit of youth clubs. It was my way of 'putting something back' and until year 2000, yes there were set backs, but for well over 20 years I was involved in very successful youth clubs, not only at North Mymms, but Hatfield, Potters Bar and Welwyn Garden City. Sadly, times have moved on and really, all the time since the BP web site has been set up, the 'youth club' element of the Centre has indeed been a problem.

However, the management committee of the Centre, of which I remain a member of, preside over a very successful centre. It's a wonderful resource for the Brookmans Park and surrounding villages. It is in use virtually very evening of the week and most days too. Numerous organisations use it and appreciate the efforts made to keep the Centre in top class condition. It's the positive side to the Centre that keeps me involved. Like so many situations, a few disruptive youths distort the true picture, but yes sadly, they have cost the Centre a lot of money, hense the appeal. Anyone out there willing to help? It can be fun too!!!!...

At Thursday, July 06, 2006 7:58:00 am, Blogger Ferdie said...

Annual General Meeting of the North Mymms Youth and Community Centre, 8.00pm Wednesday July 12th. Your local community centre needs your support. Coffee tea AND biscuits provided!!

At Thursday, July 13, 2006 8:20:00 am, Blogger Ferdie said...

Tremendous turn out last night - NOT! Nobody from the public turned up, just the existing committee and its trustees. I know AGM's are not for everyone, but they are the opportunity for residents to show an interest and support in their local centre. One wonders if anyone actually cares! Still there were plenty of biscuits for the committee.

At Tuesday, July 18, 2006 9:41:00 pm, Blogger Ferdie said...

Still no contacts re asbestos removal or volunteers. Oh well, same old souls soldier on!

At Wednesday, July 19, 2006 8:48:00 am, Blogger David Brewer said...

Hi Ferdie,

Why don't you write a fresh feature for the site about the North Mymms Youth and Community Centre explaining how it works, what its purpose is and how people can help and get involved?

It could be published here with pictures and/or on the site in the features section?

It might help raise awareness?



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