Nancherrow Youth Project is the sole provider of youth services in St Just Civil Parish. Operated entirely by volunteer trustees, they cater to the needs of 30-40 young individuals on a weekly basis, while also maintaining contact with an additional 150 individuals. Most of which come from disadvantaged backgrounds and underprivileged families, highlighting the crucial role that the project plays in supporting and addressing the needs of the community.
The building, originally a garage suffers from poor energy efficiency, leading to draughts and discomfort for its users. The project’s main objective is to tackle this issue by reducing energy loss and transitioning towards cleaner energy sources. By reducing its carbon footprint, the project will be able to operate in a more sustainable manner – not only benefitting the environment but also reducing costs, enabling the centre to extend its reach to a larger number of individuals. The improved building could potentially attract other organisations, generating more income through lettings which would contribute to its long-term sustainability.
To begin the journey the Community Capacity grant will be used to fund consultants specialising in energy management, purchase, and efficiency. Providing advice on many aspects, including insulation, heating systems, control systems, and the use of clean energy sources. They will also give estimates of the energy and cost savings that can be achieved through the improvements and offer guidance on any planning or compliance considerations.
Upon completion of the plans and specifications, the Project will be able to present credible, fully documented proposals for additional funding to achieve their ultimate goal – A sustainable, energy-efficient youth centre that offers a comfortable and welcoming environment for all users. Providing a safe, secure and supportive space that caters to the needs of young people in the St Just Parish for many more years.