YMCA Emsworth is a potential new nursery, youth and community centre for Northern Emsworth. Located within Redlands Grange, the building would occupy designated community land and provide a hub for local activity and a place where people of all ages can come together and belong. Offering youth facilities, a childcare nursery and community programmes, the building will provide vital services to the area and foster community life.
A feasibility study is now underway to consider the design, community views and funding for the centre. To have your say, please complete the short online survey or alternatively, post your hard copy questionnaire into the collection box at Co-op on Southleigh Road. Complete before 1st March 2021 to be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win £30 gift vouchers to spend at the Co-op!
YMCA has an enviable reputation for high quality nursery care. In Emsworth, we would offer full day childcare for children aged 0-5yrs with both purpose-built indoor and outdoor spaces. Children will experience opportunities to explore, discover and develop in fantastic light and airy spaces whilst a large nursery garden will provide ample opportunities for active play.
The atrium area would be set out as a multi-purpose space for people of all ages to come together, enjoy social time and foster new skills and hobbies. From chatting over a coffee to Zumba, knitting to walking football, the community centre and outdoor spaces would be used to bring people together.
Young people would have a dedicated indoor space to come together, access support and build friendships. The indoor space would be supported by access to an outside Multi-use games area (MUGA) where young people can play sports and be physically active. YMCA youth workers would nurture and challenge our young people and provide positive role models.
A feasibility study is currently underway to determine building design, engage the community, gathering views and feedback as well as understand the funding options. Depending upon the outcome of these aspects, a decision will be made by Easter 2021 regarding whether to proceed with the centre. If a positive decision were to be taken, the next step would be to secure planning permission, appoint contractors and commence construction. The earliest date a centre would be available would be Spring 2023.