Describe your project
This is an exciting project that will build upon the very successful Phase 1 (skatepark) undertaken by Camelford Town Council, to bring back into use the rest of this historical site by way of a multi-use leisure facility including youth hub/cafe, basketball court, parkour, gym equipment, table tennis, social areas and seating (Phase 2). These facilities will make a considerable impact on the health and well-being of our young people and strengthen social cohesion. This project is in response to extensive community engagement, in particular with our young people, to find out what they need to improve their health and well being. The OCM Skatepark Club would like to secure funding to fit out a new Youth Hub/Cafe on the site, which will take the form of two converted container units.
How will your project benefit your local community?
Camelford is a deprived rural town in desperate need of regeneration. It is listed between the 6th-9th decile of deprivation (1 being least – 10 being most) in England with 51.3% experiencing environmental deprivation. The Open Space Strategy for Larger Towns in Cornwall identified an existing under-provision in youth provision and delivery of a free leisure facility was its highest priority. Camelford has a population of 3,657 of which 20% are children. Young people aged between 12-19 will benefit most from this project, together with their parents who will be able to socialise in the Youth Hub/Cafe with other parents whilst their children play. However, during the "school day", pre-school children and parents can also socialise and make use of the facility. It is the intention of the OCM Skatepark Club to work with relevant organisations in Cornwall, to provide youth outreach/pastoral support from the Youth Hub. Our aim is to get young people off their gaming devices, and back socialising, thus reducing isolation and strengthening social cohesion. Feedback from parents and users was that they would love to have a safe place they can go to get food and drink (on site), socialise and experience a sense of belonging. There is currently no place to meet for the Club, and so helping to make the Youth Hub happen will mean that our members, volunteers and the wider community will have a safe, warm place to meet. There is also the opportunity to open this out to other Camelford organisations to use.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
There is a great deal of support from the local community and Camelford Town Council for this project. Since the launch of the skate park in September 2018, the skatepark has seen constant use. We have also consulted with the local Primary School and Secondary School, which is just 2 minutes up the road. Both schools are in support of this project. Camelford Town Council have invested over £115,000 so far, and are currently seeking funding from the Community Asset Fund (Sport England) for the bulk of the funds needed to complete the regeneration, as well as investing £10k themselves. We have letters of support from various organisations including Cornwall Council.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
Up to as many as 5,000 per year. We are hoping that the regeneration of the site into a muliti-use leisure facility, together with the new Youth Hub/Cafe will not only encourage our current users/members to stay longer and take part in other leisure activities, but also for them to have somewhere to go of an evening and socialise. The Youth Hub/cafe will also be used by the whole of the community, and a welcome alternative to the local public houses!
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
The container units will be purchased by Camelford Town Council together with electric, water and basic fit out (floorboards, walls etc). We will use the funds to fit out the Youth Hub/Cafe, including furniture, tables and chairs and decoration costs. The total project is valued at £160,000, of which £5k is secured by Camelford Town Council, and £150,000 has been applied for by Camelford Town Council. This leaves £5k for the fit out/refurbishment of the Youth Hub/Cafe to enable it to be used.
When and why was your project founded?
The OCM Skatepark Club was founded in September 2018 when the skate park was built. The funding we are applying for is part of the wider Phase 2 Regeneration of the Old Cattle Market Project, which will include a basketball court, parkour area, table tennis, gym equipment and community garden.