Hungerford Youth & Community Centre – October 2020 News

Recent times have been difficult for community halls: we closed our doors on 17th March, along with all the groups which call HYCC home. However, behind closed doors, our amazing Centre Manager, Cheryl, has been hard at work and we were so happy to announce our super-safe reopening at the end of July.

Things have not returned to normal, of course, but it’s lovely to see the Rainbows and Brownies use the outdoor court. 1st Hungerford Brownies said: “the outdoor court was perfect at this time when indoor meetings were not allowed. The girls were so pleased to get back to Brownies after 5 months!”

And inside there are a few activities happening including socially distanced Pilates and even sword fighting practice!

On Friday 2 October, the Hungerford Youth and Community Centre was pleased to receive a socially distanced visit from Laura Farris MP.

It was a wonderful opportunity for Joe Smart, Chair, and Charlie Barr, Treasurer, with the help of Helen Simpson, Mayor of Hungerford, to show off our fantastic venue and explain what we do here. 

She took a keen interest in our activities and we were delighted to discover that Laura feels strongly about supporting young people and will be championing youth whenever she gets the chance.

(Laura Farris, Charlie Barr and the Mayor at HYCC)


New Hungerford Youth Worker

During lockdown, Cheryl has also been busy finalising funding to employ a Youth Worker, our most exciting project. Thanks to her valiant efforts, we received £45,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund. She organised recruitment and interviews and, lo and behold, a Youth Worker has been found! Her name is Tanya and she hasn’t yet started in her new role, but you can be sure to hear more from her soon. Already, Tanya is full of ideas and enthusiasm, we are simply hopping with excitement to watch this project unfold. Due to Covid restrictions, youth work will look different: drop-in sessions won’t be possible. Nevertheless, we will be able to provide support to our young people; many have been seriously affected by the pandemic. Despite the difficult times, our team is feeling upbeat!

Thanks to Funders

We’d like to take the opportunity to thank our funders, without whom none of these things would be possible: Greenham Trust, The National Lottery Community Fund, Hungerford Town Council, The Town and Manor of Hungerford, The Miss Lawrence Trust, The Gerald Ward Foundation and Sovereign Housing. 

Thank you for believing in us!

Hungerford Youth & Community Centre


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