Feedback on the future of the Discovery Centre is being reviewed

The North Lynn Discovery Centre. Picture: Ian Burt

The North Lynn Discovery Centre. Picture: Ian Burt

Feedback is being reviewed from a public consultation held into the services that should be available at The Discovery Centre in King's Lynn.

Users of the important community facility in North Lynn were invited to share their thoughts and ideas for future initiatives at the site.

Kevin Howard, the centre's chairman of trustees, explained that changes to the way funding is awarded nowadays to community projects has led to management reviewing its business model.

He said: 'The Discovery Centre is not closing; this simply means it needs to head in a new direction.

'We've had to go back to basics by terminating services, starting again and exploring how it can be more sustainable for the future.


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'We are also looking for new trustees as part of the transition.'

The Discovery Centre in Columbia Way provides a range of services for children and young people and has helped thousands of families since it first opened its doors in 2002.

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Earlier this year, it was forced to stop the open access provision, one of its most popular after-school services as funding was no longer available.

A petition is being circulated around King's Lynn calling for the service to resume at the Discovery Centre and also for school holiday provision to be brought back.

Jamie De Bootman, of Columbia Way, said the service was a lifeline for working families in the west Norfolk area.

He said: 'North Lynn is not a wealthy area and the Open Access Club offered affordable childcare outside school ours.

'It was brilliant. The kids were picked up after school and able to be somewhere safe while their parents were still at work.'

It cost just 50p per day to send a child to the club, which Mr Howard said was to ensure the poorest of families could afford it.

He said: 'The Discovery Centre is for local people and we want them to help us think more about how we do things in the future.

'Even with the petition, I'm pleased people have taken an interest in the centre's future and want to get involved. And the Discovery Centre's future is looking positive.'

What services do you think should be available? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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