A YOUTH centre in Northwich is hoping to modernise its facilities as it approaches its 60th anniversary – and needs help in doing so.

Northwich and District Youth Centre, which is based at Winnington House, is hoping to remain as important to future generations as it has been to all those passing through its doors during the past 59 years.

The centre – which is also registered as a charity – was successful in securing government funding, which has helped secure its short-term future after the pandemic had a massive impact on income. But now they want new trustees who can bring some expertise to the board.

Community groups who already use the building include Cheshire West and Chester Youth Service who deliver two youth club sessions a week – with plans to provide an extra weekend one as well.

Clive Richardson, Chair of trustees explained: “It is very important that as trustees and custodians of this building that we begin this modernisation programme to ensure it is around for future generations.

“We need to listen to the views of our current user groups and open it up to the community to have their say on how they would like to use the building.

“If you have financial experience of working professionally or in a role for a charity/voluntary group, if you have building management or project management experience, we would like to talk to you.”

Other groups using the building include Quicksteps Dance School who run multiple dance classes every week and Multisports – who offer a weekly and school holiday sessions for children and young adults with disabilities – as well as Tai Kwando who run weekly classes.

Trustees are currently drawing up plans for improvements to the building and they recently discussed ideas with Northwich Mayor Cllr Graham Emmett and Deputy Mayor Jane Thomas.

Both they and Cllr Lee Siddall were very impressed with plans to develop the building to allow more community groups to deliver sessions in the building. 

Cllr Siddall said: “This is such an important facility to the local area, and it has a positive impact on anti-social behaviour.

“They will celebrate their 60th anniversary next year, and I think it’s important they are here for the next 60 years too.”

If you feel able to support and would like to consider joining the trustees, please get in touch with John Moran via e-mail johnmoran100@hotmail.com or via the NDYC website https://www.northwichanddistrictyouthcentre.co.uk/