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
At 20 Dragon Street, The King’s Arms is building a legacy for the town of Petersfield and its young people - and you can help. We are really looking forward to opening and are on the home-straight, but have a few bits to complete – damp proofing, road repairs, ventilation, lighting ..... It all adds up.
Supporting, encouraging, guiding and having fun – please help us provide a brighter future for our young people.
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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
Although COVID-19 has meant that our Youth Centres have been closed, we are still there for our young people. You can find quizzes, challenges and funny content on Instagram: @ka_athome or perhaps join one of our many zoom groups which include After-School, Young Carers, SuperSONIC, Remind (anxiety course) and much more.
If you have any worries and want to chat to us on a 1:1 basis, just click the red "Let's Chat" button at the bottom right of the screen and leave us a message. One of our Youth Workers will then be in touch.
Maybe you’re worried about school, or struggling with current issues, or maybe you just want a different someone to talk to, we’re still here for you.
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 will the new youth centre look like?
Please keep an eye out on our website or Facebook feed. We will be posting videos showing you around the space and discussing what we will be using each area for.
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 need to be done?
There are a few changes that need to be made for it to be safe and usable for young people. In the main these include:
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 will all of the building works cost and how are you covering the cost?
We expect this will cost about £100,000 in total. We have money in our reserves, a few people have started donating and we are currently applying for grants. We would love anyone who feels able to support us to donate to this work or the mortgage. The Architectural Heritage Fund are match funding any donations up to a total value of £22,500! Please see our donate page for further information.
How is the building work going?
Update: We have a beautiful new kitchen/diner where we will be running some of our youth work sessions from. We're currently working on completing our new mentoring room and also a breakout room, our lighting needs upgrading and we are looking at a few areas of damp. The road to the car park needs work and the building needs improved sub-ventilation. We also need our windows frosting for safe-guarding purposes.
When will it all be finished and ready to
host young people?
Update: We were able to run some groups in our lovely new kitchen during the autumn term 2020, however, January's lockdown has since prevented us from opening fully at this time. We have however, put in place some online groups and activities to support the young people but can't wait to be able to properly open our doors! For those young people who are really struggling in an online world at the moment, please do contact us.
Exciting times! Collecting the keys to our new centre.
The King's Arms Petersfield
20 Dragon St, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4JJ