The Benjamin Foundation Community Hub

Local charity, The Benjamin Foundation is working with community groups and partners in Watton to establish a community hub at the town’s Youth and Community Centre and is calling on local people to get involved to help shape its future.

The charity, which offers hope, opportunity, stability and independence to children, young people and families across Norfolk and Suffolk, is working in partnership with Watton Town Council and the Charlotte Harvey Trust to create a sustainable, long term plan for the centre.  Also part of the working group are parent users and representatives from the Children’s Centre, St Mary’s Church, and Project Rainbow, who are helping shape the strategy for what activities take place at the centre.

The strategy is being developed alongside the recruitment of a Families Matter Keyworker for the town, who will deliver activities for under 5’s and support families to access support and advice services.  Families who currently access services at Watton Children’s Centre are welcome to join activities at the youth and community centre from September 2019.

The Benjamin Foundation is now calling for local residents to support the initiative and find out more about what’s on offer by coming along to Watton Pantomime Group’s Dog Show and Family Fun Day being held at the Watton Youth and Community Centre on Harvey Street from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 4th August.

As well as taking part in fun family activities, local people will be able to have a look around the centre and share their ideas for its development.  The Benjamin Foundation will also be looking for people interested in offering their skills or time to help get the project off the ground.

Claire Boothby-Barnbrook, Operations Manager for Youth Services for The Benjamin Foundation said:  “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are looking to build on our youth work services and Watton has a wonderful asset in the Youth and Community Centre, which is currently underused.  While we plan to prioritise activities for under 5’s, young people and those who are socially isolated, we very much want to see the centre as a hub for everyone in Watton – all are welcome to visit the centre and get involved.”

To find out more, contact Claire Boothby-Barnbrook at wattoncommunityhub@gmail.com or call 01603 615670.

For more information about the family fun day on Sunday 4th August, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/352982198734136/

For more information about the role of Families Matter Keyworker, see http://stmaryswatton.org/vacancies.pdf