Centre for Gosport young people gets lift as Rowner Trust takes over

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YOUNG people will have a new range of activities available to them as a community centre gets new owners.

Rowner Community Trust has taken over the building next to Nimrod Community Centre, on Nimrod Drive, in Gosport, and will turn it into a hub for teenagers.

(l-r) Iain Lucas, chief officer for Rowner Community Trust, Nick Scott, community and youth facilitator, volunteers Coral Palmer, Helen Cross and Jennie Deans. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (142560-6712)

(l-r) Iain Lucas, chief officer for Rowner Community Trust, Nick Scott, community and youth facilitator, volunteers Coral Palmer, Helen Cross and Jennie Deans. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (142560-6712)

The centre, which is in the grounds of the Siskin Infant and Junior Schools, belonged to Hampshire County Council but they have leased it to the community trust.

And the trust wants to transform the building into a youth arts and media centre.

Iain Lucas, chief officer for the Rowner Community Trust, said: ‘We are very excited to be able to turn this centre into somewhere for young people to learn different skills and try different activities.

‘The centre was barely used when the county council owned it but now we have the lease, we can start putting on lots of events and classes.’

Iain wants to turn the rooms within the centre into different media spaces.

There will be a green room, a music room and the main room is big enough to be used as performance space.

On the weekend, the trust held an open days for families and youngsters to discover what sort of things they could do at the centre.

They also had the chance to say what they would like to see.

Iain added: ‘The open day was a chance for people in the area to see what we can offer now and in the future.

‘It was a good day and we got some great feedback.’

The Rowner Community Trust also owns the Nimrod Community Centre and in the future, they want to open the spaces up to create one, big hub for young people.

‘Long-term, our plans are to change the entrance of the Nimrod Centre and open up the space between the buildings so they are in the same grounds,’ Iain said.

For ward councillor Tony Jessop, who is also a member of the Rowner Community Trust, the takeover is great for the area.

He said: ‘I think the centre is needed for this area.

‘There isn’t really anywhere else for the teenagers in Rowner to go to join clubs or spend their time.

‘It was originally built for the young people in Rowner but wasn’t used to its fullest potential. It had hardly anything going on.

‘Now we can have a range of clubs going and we can use the space for what it was built for in the first place.’