Over 200 people came to The White House Community Centre in Hampton on Wednesday 18th March for an open day showcasing the work of the YMCA in South West London.
From 6th April 2015 YMCA LSW will be taking over the management of the centre on behalf of the Hampton on Thames Community Association.
At the open day, residents from across the Borough came to have a look at the centre and to talk to the YMCA staff about their ideas for The White House as a social hub in the area.
Feedback from local residents
One resident said she would like to see a lunch club for seniors and generally more facilities for the over 50’s residents. Another said she would love to see more family activities like baby and parents groups and children’s classes and courses.
One resident said:
“I believe the centre would be an ideal place for schemes like ‘Who Let the Dads Out’, which is a programme that focuses on building relationships between dad’s and their children. Also, it could be an excellent facility for a food bank”.
Pleased with the event
“The open day was a great event and it was amazing to see such a big turnout. We had several enquiries about the YMCA’s proposed plans for the centre, and lots of feedback as to what people who are living in the local community would like to see at The White House.
Due to the popularity of the event and for those who missed the open day in March, we will make sure to add some further dates later this spring where people can meet the YMCA. This will take place after the Association has taken on the management of the centre in April 2015”.
Richard James, CEO of London South West, said:
“We are excited about showing people the excellent work the YMCA does in the communities that we currently serve. We hope that this open day demonstrated to people in the local community and helped inform the services that a future YMCA presence at the White House will offer”.
Mike Pain of The White House Community Association said:
“We are looking forward to working with the YMCA who will use their experience, enthusiasm and commitment to continue to develop the activities at The White House for the benefit of the local community”.