Youth charity hub prepares to make move into new home at former doctor’s surgery in Netherfield

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A charity project helping vulnerable children and young people in Netherfield is getting ready to move to its new home in a former doctor’s surgery building.

The Netherfield Forum is setting up the former medical site as a new hub for all its support and activities for vulnerable young people in the community after acquiring the building from Assura, the primary care property specialist which built the replacement Trentside Medical Building on Meadow Road last year.

The forum is the umbrella organisation running both the St George’s Centre and the Loco Centre, which operates in the Methodist Church. The charity was struggling to operate from both sites due to leasing costs and the distance between them but with the old Netherfield Surgery building being in close proximity to St George’s Centre, the Netherfield Forum was given the opportunity to have both operations working much closer together.

PICTURED: Young people from Netherfield check out the former medical centre which will become a new hub for children and teenagers based in the town

Tina Simpson, Treasurer for the Netherfield Forum said: “Everyone in the community is delighted that we can complete this move. While this was progressing, we were still offering £1 meals and operating a foodbank and to be able keep that going whilst getting this new building for us, it just makes me feel so proud of our whole team.”

Some minor building work is needed to help make the space suitable for the Netherfield Forum, which is being carried out by volunteers, local businesses and with help from Assura and its contractor, Key Construction. Once open, the site will benefit around 500 local children and young people.

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Tina Simpson added: “We’ve got lots of young people involved and different groups including dance groups, karate and groups for children with disabilities and everyone is really excited. They all can’t wait for us to make the minor internal changes to change the building to fit the needs of the young people.”

“We work with the groups which means we can keep hiring costs down for the venues and because it’s a high deprivation area, it means families of these children have access to these wonderful activities at a much more affordable cost and it enables the children to have all of these experiences – which is what it is all about.”

Andrew Cooper, Assura Senior Development manager, said: “We are so proud to have been able to help the Forum make this happen – I can’t think of a better way for this community building to now have a new lease of life. It will continue contributing to the health and wellbeing of local young people for many years to come and that’s a very special thing.“

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