Trust to Revitalise Former Youth Centre

A youth club on the Branksome Recreation Ground that closed last year is to be re-opened by Poole Communities Trust as a new community hub.


The former Parkstone Sports and Arts Centre for Young People closed in March 2016 due to lack of funding. The building has since been empty for a year.


Poole Communities Trust has signed a lease with the Borough of Poole to operate the building as a community hub. It will be renamed the Branksome Centre and will provide facilities for a range of activities, including a community coffee shop. The sports hall and two meeting rooms will be available to hire by voluntary groups and other community service providers.


The Trust started work on refurbishing the interior of the building in April and will open to the public in the first week of June.


Chris Mills, Development Officer at Poole Communities Trust, said: “This is a really exciting new venture for us. The Branksome Centre will make a positive difference to the local community, helping people to get active, keep learning and make friends.


“We are working in partnership with a range of different organisations to deliver a varied programme of activities from the Centre. There will be opportunities for people of all ages to participate.


“There will be positive developmental activities for young people after school and in the evenings. We’ll also be providing a range of new activities for the community during the daytime. For example, we’ll be offering walking football, a board games club, short-mat bowls, and a whole lot more.”


Chas Rowling, Community Development Manager at the Borough of Poole, said: “The council is pleased that this community building is being brought back into use. We were impressed by Poole Communities Trust’s vision for the centre and it will be great to see a vibrant community hub serving the north-east area of Poole.”


Click here for more details on the Branksome Centre, including a programme of activities and details of rooms available for hire.


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