Woo hoo! After seven years of looking, we finally have a new home - for those of you who don't already know, our new centre is 20 Dragon Street, the former JSW restaurant. It will allow us more flexibility and possibilities for future activities with the young people of Petersfield and the wider East Hants community. We are looking forward to the end of lockdown when we will welcome young people into the new centre.
If you want to learn more about KA Petersfield, or can help support the development of services for young people or the building through finances or volunteering, please contact Mandy at Mandy@thekingsarms.org.uk
VIDEO MONTAGE: OUR PETERSFIELD CENTRE
What a transformation! Here are some before and after clips of our lovely centre. Take a look!
VIDEO 6: THANK YOU!
look how we've spent your donations!
Sarah & Larisa, Youth Workers
VIDEO 5: GOODBYE TO THE COURTYARD
Thanks for the memories!
The King's Arms Team
VIDEO 4: WE'RE MOVING IN ON 18 AUGUST!
A view of the roof works and other changes this week (14/8/20).
Mandy, Services Manager
VIDEO 3: WE'RE RARING TO GO!
More about the kitchen, the planters out front and fundraising....
Mandy, Services Manager
VIDEO 2: UPDATE ON OUR NEW CENTRE
Bats and the roof, signage, kitchen developments and more - here's an update...
Ben, Youth Worker
VIDEO 1: OUR NEW PETERSFIELD CENTRE
It's official! We are now the very proud owners of 20 Dragon Street - let me show you around.
Caroline, Operations Manager
What DOES the new youth centre look like?
Take a look at the videos above showing you around the space and discussing what we will be using each area for. If you check out our Facebook page, you'll also see how we are using it!
how did you manage to buy this building?
We were very privileged to have received two major donations from trust funds. We had planned for a fundraising campaign to ask for local support to help fund the difference however Covid-19 hit and instead we have taken a mortgage for £250,000.
What alterations needed to be done?
There were a few changes that needed to be made for it to be safe and usable for young people. In the main these included:
Major remedial works to the roof
Maintenance to gutters, pointing, windows
Removing a wall for safeguarding reasons
Fixing a hole in the road to the side of the building
Minor changes like glass in doors, rails, removing some carpet
Replacing the kitchen
Decorating and making good
How much did all of the building works cost and how are you covering the cost?
We expected this will cost about £100,000 in total. We have money in our reserves, a few people have started donating and we received some grants. The Architectural Heritage Fund match funded donations to a total value of £22,500!
Although the majority of the work has been completed, we have more plans for enhancement and the maintenance of our lovely building will be ongoing. We would love anyone who feels able to support us to donate to these or the mortgage. Please see our donate page for further information.
How is the building work going?
We have a beautiful new kitchen/diner where we run some of our youth work sessions from. We also have a lovely, relaxing new mentoring room and also a breakout room. We also frosted our windows for safe-guarding purposes and have re-pointed the courtyard.
Still to do: our lighting needs upgrading and the building needs improved sub-ventilation - there are a few areas of damp.
When will it all be finished and ready to
host young people?
We're open! There's still ongoing maintenance and damp issues that need addressing, but the space is being well used by our young people. We love it!
Exciting times! Collecting the keys to our new centre.
The King's Arms Petersfield
20 Dragon St, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4JJ