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THE future of Young Melksham has been secured with the news that the local charity is to be given a 125-year lease for the Canberra Centre on Spa Road.
Confirmation of the asset transfer from Wiltshire Council to the charity was given by the deputy leader of Wiltshire Council, cllr John Thomson, at this month’s Melksham Area Board meeting.
Young Melksham’s lease for the Canberra Centre, which they took over in November 2015 after Wiltshire Council closed the youth centre in 2014, was set to expire this year.
“Youth work in Melksham is secure,” chair of the trustees, Jon Hubbard told Melksham News. “This really opens up a whole new avenue of fundraising for us, which is really exciting – this was a challenge for us as we could not guarantee that we would be here in two years’ time. But now we have a permanent base, this us an exciting opportunity for us. Hopefully organisations like Comic Relief and Children in Need will look more favourable on us now that we have secured our future.”
The asset transfer will mean that Young Melksham will become fully responsible for all running costs of the site. Jon said, “It costs money to run an organisation – we might have been gifted a building, but now we have to find the finance to run the building. So the hard work continues – our costs have gone up. For example, cutting grass wil cost us the better part of £1,000. The fundraising must continue.”
Young Melksham runs clubs on weeknights and activities during school holidays, and also additional services such as advice and counselling. More information can be found on their website: www.young melksham.org.uk