Community: Braunton

Date Submitted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:25:12 +0000
Name: Peter Robinson
Organisation: Museum of British Surfing
Service(s): Children and families
Review(s): Youth service
Asset interested in: The Yard Youth Centre
Service interested in: Yes
Proposal Details: We propose that the sub-lease currently held by Devon Youth Service/DCC is ended, and that the part of The Yard building in Braunton assigned under the sub-lease to DYS reverts to the Museum of British Surfing as the existing holder of the 74-year head lease for the site. Our charity would take over the full management of The Yard building, immediately removing all costs associated with it from the Devon County Council youth service budget. As part of the ongoing management of the building, we would supply a professionally managed community space to enable continued use by properly organised third-party groups working with young people, along with other organisations in the Braunton area and a dedicated meeting space for outreach workers. Our charity has already provided sustainable management of the whole site, including Braunton Youth Club and Braunton Skate Bowl since 2011. In order to further bolster the sustainability we would seek to invest in the building to improve facilities including the introduction of a community cafe that could be used for youth outreach work and provide work experience or employment for young people. In addition to this we are already planning to invest in providing a new professionally built & managed skateboard facility that will be free for young people to use, to replace the existing ageing facility that we already manage on the site.