Barford Youth & Community Centre was originally formed as the Barford Scout and Guide Supporters Group when the current Hut was first built some 30 years ago. It’s role then was to assist the Scout Group and Guide Unit Leaders and Sections mainly by providing and maintaining the Hut so the groups have a ‘home’ to use for their meetings and storing their equipment.
By providing the venue for meetings and sustaining its operation through local fundraising, we have been able to reduce the cost to parents for having their children be members of the Scout and Guide sections.
In the years since then, the need for a venue for other local community groups and more general use for events has meant increasing use by many more than the Scouts and Guides. This much wider and increasing use, and the the deteriorating condition of the Hut (despite continuing maintenance), has driven the project to replace the Hut with a new building.
To recognise the wider use of the Hut and support the project to replace it, the original Scouts & Guides Supporters Group has become a registered charity and renamed to be the Barford Youth & Community Centre.
Local fundraising activities and events, as well as income from renting the Hut for its many regular and one-off uses, provide the money needed each year to operate and maintain the Hut as a continuing resource for people of all ages in Barford and the neighbouring villages.
With the project to build the new Youth & Community Centre underway and progressing well, increased local fund raising has not only meant we can continue to provide the Hut but also fund the Youth & Community Centre.
The money needed for construction and completion of the new building will largely be found through applications to grant sources – locally, within Warwickshire and nationally – but local fundraising will also make a very worthwhile contribution.
If you are interested in supporting the continuing provision of the Hut and the Youth & Community Centre project then please join the Supporters Group – you will be very welcome.
We can then contact you by e-mail (you can opt out of this if you wish) to let you know personally about our news, upcoming events and progress on the project for the new building. We will not pass your details on or use them for any other reason.
Please fill in the form below if you wish to join the Supporters Group