Sedbergh Youth and Community Centre

Marks and Spencer (M&S) approached Participate in 2014 to help them identify a local project to support whilst refitting their M606 distribution depot. We put them in touch with the Sedbergh Youth and Community Centre, one of the oldest purpose built youth centres in the UK. The Sedbergh Centre serves large part of the community of South Bradford but has struggled with increasing issues with their ageing building including a badly leaking roof. The condition of the building was threatening the ongoing provision of youth services, advice, elderly day services and community activities. Other organisations based within the building including Yorkshire Clubs for Young People and Bradford Model Railway Club would have been forced to move from the building if it had deteriorated further.

The centre had previously been quoted in excess of £100,000 to replace the roof and despite a generous donation of £18,000 from Provident Financial achieving the required total seemed a bridge too far.

M&S and their contract partners rose to the challenge. In October 2014 building work started at the Sedbergh Centre to replace the main roof, renovate office spaces and give the centre a facelift. M&S staff organised a fundraising Golf Day and charity Auction which raised almost £7000 to support the work.

This amazing support from M&S brings to an end the ongoing saga of the Sedbergh roof. Staff at the centre and volunteers have spent hundreds of hours patching new leaks as the roof deteriorated. The centre now has a bright future and can concentrate on the provision of services.