Mark at Brewers Surbiton worked tirelessly to ensure the Claygate Youth and Community Hub had all the painting and decorating materials needed in their first phase of rejuvenating The Hub. The building used to be Claygate’s primary school from 1885 to 1985 and since then it has housed a Youth Club, however the building became very run down. A year ago, a new charity took over the lease from Surrey County Council and became The Claygate Youth and Community Hub. It was a pleasure paying a visit to see the amazing transformation so far of a place at the very heart of the community.
The initial project consisted of completely ripping out the old kitchen and replacing it with a space for Young People to hang out and take part in some cooking and baking. The brand-new kitchen was an essential initial project so the space could be hired out and the funds raised could go straight back into the project. The heart of the kitchen is a huge island for children to be able to spend time together and have a space to feel at home.
The second phase of the project consisted of redecorating the main hall. This wide-open space is perfect for community sessions such as senior French lessons and mental health well-being sessions. This is also a great space for Hub members to hang out, play basketball and even occasionally sing Karaoke! The Hub will also run English lessons and support groups for Ukrainian refugees, so they are able to gain some independence and support during their time in the UK. With community support, The Hub was also able to decorate the games room where children can come and have some fun playing pool or chill out on beanbags and sofas.
Mark ensured that The Hub was able to repaint the kitchen, hall, and games room giving the space a fresh modern look with a white and grey colour scheme. This provided The Hub with a blank canvas for the children to get creative and make the space really personal to them. Several doors throughout The Hub have been designed and painted by the Young People, and planters have been added to the outside space which have been given a colourful new look.
The trustees and volunteers who all work at The Hub are brimming
with ideas to make a real difference to the children Young People of the
community. With plans to create sessions for 16–18-year-olds, re-designing the
outside space for a variety of sporting activities and looking for a way to
create a quiet zone for children Young People to relax and be creative in.
Everybody at the Youth and Community Hub is so grateful for any support the
community gives and want to ensure The Hub can be used to accommodate a whole
host of different activities amongst the community.