It has been a year and a half since Neston Community Youth Centre (NCYC) took over the operation of our beloved Neston Civic Hall. Since then, we have experienced numerous highs and faced a few challenges, all of which have solidified our commitment to preserving and enhancing this essential community asset.
The response from all of you has been nothing short of overwhelming, your dedication to preserving the Civic Hall’s legacy as a hub for social gatherings, clubs, activities and private events has been inspiring. However, as with any venture, we’ve encountered a few bumps in the road. The Civic Hall, with its rich history is not without it quirks and demands for maintenance. This has occasionally led to temporary closures as we worked tirelessly to address these issues. But rest assured, these closures have served as opportunities for us to reflect, regroup, and move forward with even greater determination.
Now we want to share with you our current and future plans for Neston Civic Hall:
Short term goals:
Roof repairs: Our top priority is ensuring the Civic Hall's structural integrity. We are focusing on securing funding for patch repairs on the roof to prevent any further deterioration and maintain a safe and dry environment for all users.
Building a volunteer network: We believe that community involvement is key to the hall's success. We are actively developing a group of dedicated volunteers who can assist with small repair jobs, decorating tasks, and various other activities that will keep the hall operational and thriving.
Our long term vision for Neston Civic Hall is ambitious and aimed at transforming it into a modern, sustainable and multifunctional community asset. To achieve this, we have set our sights on applying to The Community Ownership Fund, which would provide the resources needed for major roof repairs, a comprehensive refurbishment and improvements aimed at reducing the hall’s carbon footprint.
Our goal is to create a Civic Hall that not only meets the needs of our community but also sets a standard for accessibility and environmental responsibility. We want this space to continue being a vibrant centre for all generations, celebrating the past whilst embracing the future.
How you can help:
We believe in the power of collective action and the strength of our community. Here are a few ways you can contribute to the future of Neston Civic Hall:
Complete our survey: We value your input. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and ideas about Neston Civic Hall by completing our short survey. Your feedback will guide us in shaping the future of this cherished community asset: https://forms.office.com/e/JBb5MJDP6S
If you are unable to complete the survey online you can complete a paper survey at Neston Community Youth Centre, Burton Road.
Volunteer your time / expertise: If you have skills or expertise to share, whether its in maintenance, event planning, or any other area, please consider becoming a volunteer. Your contributions can make a significant difference. Sign up here: https://forms.office.com/e/i2jmREyM77
Donate to our crowdfunding project: Financial support is crucial to realising our long term vision for Neston Civic Hall. Every donation, no matter the size enables us to respond to maintenance issues quickly and keep the building open for use: https://www.spacehive.com/neston-civic-hall
As you know, Neston Community Youth Centre (NCYC) is a modest independent Registered Charity that exists to support the communities within the CH64 area, we have taken on this project to ensure our community still has access to this asset. If we are not successful with The Community Ownership Fund application we will endeavor to continue to operate the Civic Hall for as long as financially possible in the interest of the community.
As we move forward, lets remember that Neston Civic Hall belongs to all of us, and together we can ensure it remains a thriving and integral part of our community.
Thank you for being a part of this journey, and lets look forward to many more years of laughter, learning and memories within the walls of Neston Civic Hall.