Ten Years of Hungerford Youth & Community Centre

Hungerford Youth and Community Centre celebrates its 10th anniversary this November.

What a difference a year makes! (See photo gallery below). Looking back over the last year or so it all started with the recruitment of Harriet Lamb as Director last summer and Dion Gale as Youth Worker in December. Since then, HYCC has gone from strength to strength making such a big difference to the young people of Hungerford providing a safe space for them to socialise, have fun and learn new skills. 

HYCC is going to be celebrating its 10th anniversary on Saturday 12 November from 11am to 5pm marking the occasion with a synthetic ice rink on the outside court sponsored by Dick Lovett in Hungerford. For the bargain price of £5.80 children and adults alike will be able to enjoy a 45 minute skate with music and lights, a snow machine, and penguin aided scooters for the little ones. Discounted skate tickets are available to young people who access our youth services and free places for young people in receipt of Free School Meals.

All the money raised from ticket sales will be used to continue the great work at the Youth and Community Centre. There will also be lots happening more on the day, with refreshments available and their new Graffiti mural being unveiled.

To book your 45 minute skating slot, please click here

The Centre is extremely grateful for all the individual donations and those from Broadmead Estates and Hungerford Hares, and can’t thank The Greenham Trust, National Lottery Community Fund, Garfield Weston, Hungerford Town Council, Town and Manor of Hungerford and The Miss Lawrence Trust enough for their continued financial support. The Centre would also like to express huge thanks to all the volunteers who have given up their time to help run and provide support at all the youth club sessions, HAF Programmes and trips.

HYCC was thrilled to welcome back the playgroup, Ladybugs, and ICE, the youth club for young people with additional needs, in September last year and made a real success of the Jumble Trail in October offering face painting, refreshments, treats, an art competition and much more.

During the winter holidays, HYCC was delighted to be able to offer a HAF (Holiday Activities and Food) Programme to children in receipt of school meals thanks to the funding from West Berkshire Council. A street dance workshop, ceramic plate painting, archery, air hockey, cooking and crafts were just some of the many activities that were on offer. And it goes without saying that the programme would not have been such a success without the involvement of MF Dance, Sport in Mind, the Ugly Duckling, Penny Post and all the wonderful volunteers. HYCC was also lucky enough to be able to run HAF Programmes throughout Easter and finished it’s summer programme with an epic day of paddle boarding an ice cream sponsored by the Tutti Pole rounding off the day perfectly.

2021 started with a bang with the launch of the Youth Club for years 5 & 6. And in May, HYCC was pleased to be able to open the doors to years 7 & 8. The trip to Cadbury World was a real highlight this year and they hope to be able to offer many more subsidised trips in the future.

How to Help

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email office@hungerfordyc.org.uk or call 07999053744 as HYCC is always looking for more people to get involved.

You can also support the Centre through the West Berkshire Lottery, donate directly to the HYCC page on the Good Exchange and it will be match funded by Greenham Trust, or why not book the Centre for your next event, class or workshop.


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