Makeover for youth club

A YOUTH club is hoping to become accessible to all when it reopens after undergoing a £30,000 makeover.The re-fit of Kesgrave youth centre is designed to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act which comes in to force in October, but will include a number of new features designed to benefit all of the centre's users.

A YOUTH club is hoping to become accessible to all when it reopens after undergoing a £30,000 makeover.

The re-fit of Kesgrave youth centre is designed to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act which comes in to force in October, but will include a number of new features designed to benefit all of the centre's users.

The entrance is being altered to make it accessible for those in wheelchairs and disabled toilets are being created.

A corridoor will also be created so that it is possible for people to get into the lounge area without walking through the main hall, meaning that the centre will now be able to cater for more than one group at a time.


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Community education officer Dave Ormstone is based at the centre. He said: "At the moment we can only let the centre out to one group at a time because, for example, we can't have complete strangers walking through a hall where a mother and toddler group is being held.

"This will give us a lot more possibilities."

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A complete refurbishment of the coffee bar area will also take place and, once the new centre is up and running,

they are looking at establishing an internet connection so that its users can get online.

Mr Ormstone said: "It really is all about including as much of the community as we can. Wheelchair access will be created, walls will be painted bright colours for those who are visually impaired, and a hearing loop system is also being installed."

Work began on January 1 and it is hoped it will be complete by the end of the month.

Until then all classes and clubs are being run from a single room at the back of the building.

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