The Road Ahead - Our Vision for the Future
The Centre has been open for over 30 years and provides indoor and outdoor facilities for the local community. Over the years people’s needs and habits have changed, and Mytchett has changed too. It is important that the Centre continues to grow and develop to meet these changing needs, whilst continuing to provide facilities for the groups and clubs that regularly meet here, and facilities for celebrations and events.
There is no ‘hub’ to Mytchett, no place for people to meet and socialise whatever the weather. We want to develop a modern and sustainable space for the community to meet, play, learn, support, socialise and promote health, both physical and mental. A vibrant meeting place which is fully accessible for ALL members of our expanding community.
To do this, we want build a new, fully accessible changing room block alongside a new all-weather 3G pitch.
We will infill the area at the front of the Centre with a meeting space and café, extending into the current changing rooms – transforming it into a bright, welcoming and accessible space with buggy and mobility scooter parking and associated charging points.
We will have a ‘Changing Places’ toilet for those with additional needs.
The café will provide young people with learning difficulties much needed work experience.
The space will be used for community prescribing projects (therapies), a community fridge, meals for those unable to prepare their own, somewhere for young families to meet - particularly important as Mytchett recently lost its SureStart Centre and local pre-school. A space for older members of our community to meet, and find friendship, help and support. The possibilities are endless!
The playground will be extended along the side of the building to meet up with an outside seating area for the café. It will be a fully accessible playground with sensory play equipment, complemented by an improved community pond and wildlife area at the rear of the Centre. The outdoor space will include outdoor gym equipment.
We plan to be energy self-sufficient, using renewable energy resources such as solar panels and heat transfer pipes. This energy would be used to supply vehicle charging points in the car park, alongside mobility scooter and e-bike charging points.
We want the Mytchett Centre to move from just being a place where people come because they have booked an activity or a celebration, to a community resource hub that fully serves the needs of the community.
Not just a Community Centre but a Centre for the Community to meet, support and grow.
To do this we are hoping to apply for funding from the Surrey County Council ‘Your Fund Surrey’ initiative. We’d love to hear your thoughts about our ideas – do we have your support? What have we missed? Is there anything else you would like to see? Please tell us what you think.