Funding streams explored for King’s Lynn community facility

The Skills and Development Centre at the North Lynn Discovery Centre.

The Skills and Development Centre at the North Lynn Discovery Centre. - Credit: Matthew Usher

New avenues of funding are currently being explored for the Discovery Centre, an important community facility in King's Lynn, it has emerged.

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

But 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.

Speaking at West Norfolk Council's last full council meeting, Adrian Lawrence, portfolio holder for housing and community, explained the centre is 'actively looking for funding' from various sources.

He said: 'The Discovery Centre is 'having a sort out' and is going back to basics... It is looking for new funding streams all the time.'

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He added: 'All these things cost money and that's where we are at the moment; there were talks of someone coming forward with sponsorship.'

The issue surrounding the future of the Discovery Centre was originally raised at Thursday's meeting by Andy Tyler, a North Lynn councillor.

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He added: 'The issue is how do we get the funding to help young people that need the sort of guidance and support offered by the Discovery Centre.'

Despite stopping the Open Access provision in January, the Columbia Way centre continues to offer a variety of other services for west Norfolk families.

A spokesman for the Discovery Centre was contacted yesterday but was unavailable for comment.

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