Sunday, 22 July 2018

First donation made from sale of Youth Centre

THE first major donation has been made out of the proceeds from the sale of Henley Youth Centre

THE first major donation has been made out of the proceeds from the sale of Henley Youth Centre.

The £50,000 gift to youth and community group Nomad will fund a new youth worker and other staff costs.

A formal presentation was made by the trustees of Thamesfield Youth Association, which ran the youth centre in Deanfield Avenue, at Nomad?s base at the d:two centre in Market Place on Friday.

The association is now inviting other youth organisations to apply for money.

Chairman Clive Wilkinson said: ?Our mandate is to support young people in Henley and this is the first part of doing that.

?Nomad started a long time ago and we have always worked closely together. The work they do is vital so it?s a pleasure and a delight to be able to donate this money.?

Tim Prior, youth and family team manager at Nomad, said: ?With statutory funding increasingly hard to obtain, we are looking for more local organisations to support the work we do and it?s fantastic to have the backing of the youth association.

?The money will be used to pay our staff. We are looking to employ a new full-time worker to do community work, family support and our after-school programme.?

Nomad was founded in 1943 and supports families with issues such as relationships, sexual health, drugs and alcohol awareness and anger management.

The 0.6-acre site of the youth centre was sold in June for £3million to care home operator B&M Care.

The sale included a derelict plot behind the centre which is owned by The Henley

College. The proceeds were split between the association and the college with the former receiving a slightly larger share.

B&M Care, which operates more than 20 care homes in the South and Midlands, is preparing a planning application for a home with room for 60 residents.

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