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YMCA launches £800k appeal in community hub bid 

YMCA Norfolk has launched an £800,000 appeal to help make its dream of creating a new community hub near Norwich city centre become a reality.

The plan is to re-open a totally refurbished Jubilee Hall on Aylsham Road in Norwich, by next summer at a cost of £2m.
The new centre will be open to the local community to enjoy and will offer a range of services with a particular focus on families; including a day care nursery, café and soft play centre, on site pastoral support and youth clubs.
Grants from the Lind Trust, Norfolk County Council and charitable trusts have left YMCA Norfolk with a further £705,000 to raise.
Chief Executive, Tim Sweeting said: “Huge thanks to Norwich Freeman’s Charity, The Lind Trust, Norwich City Council and the John Jarrold Trust for their early support to this innovative project.

“We’re currently awaiting responses from applications already submitted and are also writing a large number of additional bids and applications to a wide range of potential funders.  We feel confident that with their help and the support of local businesses and the wider community we can raise the necessary funds to ensure this essential community resource opens on time.”

YMCA Norfolk are continuing their fundraising campaign, and are launching an appeal to the public to assist them in making this scheme a reality.
Susie Knights, YMCA Norfolk Marketing and Fundraising Manager, said “There’s lots of ways the public can get involved in helping us achieve our fundraising target.

“We’re encouraging supporters to host their own fundraising events, with the full support of our fundraising department. From cake sales, non-uniform days, to live music or hosting your own sport event; there’s lots of different ways for everyone to get involved.

“We would love to hear from individuals, community groups or businesses that can offer financial or practical support to take the refurbishment forward. Every donation, big or small, is greatly appreciated and supports us in building a fantastic and much needed service within the community.”

You can donate towards the community hub scheme online at

Or alternatively contact Susie Knights, 35-37 Exchange St, Norwich NR2 1DP or on

Pictured top is Tim Sweeting outside the former Jubilee Centre and, above how the new centre will look.
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