Sale of YMCA Lewes Centre agreed YMCA DownsLink Group (YMCA DLG), who run YMCA Lewes, has undertaken a review of its buildings over the last year. From our Centre in Westgate Street, Lewes, we run child care services for 0-11s in the form of a nursery and various out of school clubs. The Centre is also hired out to local charities and community groups, including Lewes Old Grammar School. The Centre is a group of three buildings all built in the 1930s. The buildings are showing their age and require a level of investment to ensure they continue to function appropriately into the future. The Trustees of YMCA DLG have explored a number of options to find an appropriate solution, including redevelopment of the site and other opportunities within Lewes but none of these produced a viable option to pursue. Lewes Old Grammar School, the largest beneficiary of our centre, approached the YMCA with a competitive offer to buy the buildings. After careful consideration the Trustees of YMCA DLG accepted the offer and contracts have been exchanged. This recognises the school’s significant use of the buildings and supports their development into the future. The sale of the buildings means that our child care services in Lewes will be closing. The nursery will remain open until 31 August 2016; the after school clubs until the end of the Summer term; and the final playschemes will be during Whitsun half term holidays. This has been a difficult decision for the organisation to make and reflects the need for us to plan for the future and adapt to the challenging financial and operating environment we are working in. Funds from the sale will enable the YMCA to invest in and protect services that have an impact on thousands of young lives each year across Surrey and Sussex. YMCA DLG remains committed to providing services in the Lewes District and the wider geography of East Sussex and is exploring viable opportunities. For further information regarding the detailed arrangements for closing our child care services, please call YMCA Lewes office on 01273 474599. For more general enquiries regarding the YMCA’s decision to sell its buildings at Westgate Street, please call 01273 222550. Chas Walker CEO YMCA DownsLink Group
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