Agenda and draft minutes
Venue: Our Lady's Church Hall, Cornlands Road, YO24 3DX
Contact: Michal Czekajlo Community Officer
Drop-in from 18:30
Talk to your local councillors, groups and organisations
Give us your views on what is important to you in your community
The Place @ Sanderson Community House project update
Presentations from local projects
Ward priorities consultation
Have your say
1. Welcome and introductions
Chaired by Cllr Nelson who opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. Ward Councillors then introduced themselves and stated that going forward they would like Ward Committees to be used as a forum to celebrate good work and projects taking place in the ward.
2. The Place @ Sanderson Community House project update
Jen Addicott, Centre Manager defined The Place, a community together as a partnership programme convened by the University of York and working with Westfield Primary Community School, York High City of York Council, local higher education institutions and corporate sponsors. A wider network of delivery partners and supporters include employers, culture and heritage organisations and existing providers in the area. The project will have a governance structure involving community champions, young people and AGMs. Activities and support will be provided at Sanderson Community House for children and young people, their families and the wider community in the Westfield Ward, specifically the Chapelfields area. Volunteering for community members, students and local employees will also be featured as part of the programme.
Jen named the key focus areas of The Place project:
· Provide a safe space for learning, relaxing and fun;
· Reduce the gap in attainment between advantaged and less advantaged children;
· Improve school attendance at primary and secondary;
· Reduce the gap in progression to higher education between advantaged and less advantaged children;
· Increase progression to Level 3 to 5 education (including apprenticeships);
· Reduce feelings of isolation among children and adults;
· Improve mental health among children and adults.
Opening timetable is being finalised, however it is envisaged that The Place will be open Monday to Friday and feature community drop-ins, academic enrichment sessions, homework club and a youth club. An example weekly schedule can be seen on slide 4 of the attached PowerPoint presentation.
York University took on the lease for Sanderson Court Community House on 1st of September 2023.
The team to run the centre day to day is currently being recruited and will include 1 x Administrator and 2 x Officers.
Refurbishment of the inside of the building which includes new floor, painting throughout downstairs, new kitchen and new furniture is due to be completed during w/c 16th October. It is envisaged that The Place will open during w/c 30th October and the first few weeks will feature a number of ‘get to know us’ activities. The Community Association and The Gateway Youth Club will have access to the building from Thursday 19th October.
Promotion of opening and The Place offer will be undertaken with the use of a flyer and brand-new website which is due to launch on Monday 9th October.
At this point Cllr Nelson referred to the consultation that took place earlier this year with majority of respondents being in support of the project.
The following contact details were provided for any questions in respect of The Place, a community together project.
T: 0800 915 3591
3. Presentations from local projects