Grove Park YC News
Grove Park Youth Club Building Preservation Trust is delighted to announce we have secured funding from The National Lottery Community Fund!
This funding will allow our trust to run Grove Park Youth Club (GPYC) from summer 2021 for the first time since it was permanently closed in 2013. The funding supports our trust to pay bills, some capital investement, some employment and generally support our work over two years to make this a sustainable and long lasting community hub with an emphasis on the needs of young people.
Out trusts’s work has been, until most recently, all voluntary over five years and after identifying this funding source in 2017, we are finally in receipt of National Lottery support - delayed a whole year by the Covid19 pandemic. There has been many challenges on the way for our small voluntary trust of Grove Park residents and some thought it would be an impossible task as over the last decade over 800 youth clubs have closed in the UK. Today we can announce that soon GPYC will open and a new youth club facility will be available for young people - a truly remarkable feat of community determination, courage and dedication. Thank you to #NationalLottery players and @TNLComFund for awarding us to help reopen and run #GroveParkYouthClub
Covid 19 and GPYC
For obvious reasons we could not undertake our planned refurbishment works this spring and open as planned. We have had at least a six month delay to our work and our funding applications are also on hold. We hope to recommence the refurbishment works on the building this Autumn if government rules allow.
We have been disrupted by Covid 19 but hope to get back on track soon. In the meantime please follow us on social media for latest updates.
Petition now closed - A Big Thank you to everyone who for signed we have a huge response of over 1,000 signatures
£50k secured to fully renovate GPYC!
£50,000 secured by the BPT from the L&Q Foundation will fully renovate Grove Park Youth Club to opening condition! Read more here.
Lewisham East MP Janet Daby mentions Grove Park Youth Club in Parliament speech on youth violence and provision:
Grove Park Youth Club featured in ITV London News report on loss of youth provision in the capital:
Highlights from the Willmott Dixon Interiors refurbishment of Grove Park Youth Club and our community party on 17th August:
Take a look at our short film about the Great Get Together at the Youth Club and local people’s thoughts about our campaign:
Saturday 19th June we are open as part of London Festival of Architecture from 10.00am until 5.00pm.
We will be screening a short film that is in the making about the history of GPYC...
Great news! Our long delayed refurbishment part two (part one was 2018) is now underway. We are doing several repairs that will finally make the building ready for use. If you go past you will see work being undertaken over the next few weeks and this includes such things as:
* Flat roof replacement
* Sky light replacement
* Heating system repair
* Health and safety Upgrades
* Broken window replacements
* Security upgrades
* Fire Alarm upgrades
Once complete the building is almost ready for use - no more leaking roofs and buckets on the floor!. The reopening will be gradual and a lot of work remains to sort out the facilities management details, legal aspects, tenancy agreements, insurances etc. and of course all this is being done with the Covid19 pandemic issue challenges.
We are now seeking charity status and we are also awaiting a decision from The National Lottery for additional funding.
It is great to see the final works coming together and we really look forward to the day when our young people can start to use the building again. Finally if you would like to help please get in touch - if you could volunteer just a few hours per month then you would be most welcome, so just send us a message if you would like to help a bit.