Future direction for Diss centre agreed

Diss, Norfolk. Diss Youth and Community Centre on Shelfanger Road
Diss, Norfolk. Diss Youth and Community Centre on Shelfanger Road

Diss Town Council has approved proposals for the future direction of Diss Youth and Community Centre, which include investigating the appointment of a part-time project manager.

The centre was saved for community use in 2011 when a mystery benefactor stepped in with £125,000 to buy the building.

Since it was transferred to the council’s ownership, MTM Youth Services has run a weekly 70-strong Youth Group and a 15-strong Young Carers group, but use of the rest of the building was restricted due to youth safeguarding issues.

On January 22, the town council agreed to a dedicated space for youth activities and for a base for Park Radio, the setting up of a management group and of a charitable trust, and other building and marketing improvements.

Sheila King, of Moss King Associates, who drafted the proposals, said the specific space for youth activities meant young people in and around Diss could now influence how the facility is to be used, what it’s called and what is provided; while the downstairs space would become more readily available for community and private bookings, even when young people are upstairs.

“It would have been easy for Diss Town Council to stick with the status quo, and seek a tenant for the office space upstairs. The fact they supported the creation of the dedicated, permanent youth space demonstrates their foresight and their continued interest in the young people of Diss and beyond,” she said.

A competition will be held for young people to choose a name for the youth facility.