Inside the new Netherfield Community Center in the old medical practice

A ‘bright and colourful’ new community center has opened in the former GP building in Netherfield

The new Netherfield LOCO center is on Forester Road and offers facilities for young as well as older local residents.

Administrator Tina Simpson spoke about the community’s efforts to get the center up and running and what it means for community members.

She said: “In Netherfield, everyone is very communal. There’s a high population of older people and single parent families, it’s a multi-purpose, old-fashioned area.

“But if you walk down the road people will say ‘hello’ to you and ‘hello’ they will talk to you.”

With artwork hanging on the wall made by local children, Tina explained why it’s so important for Netherfield to have a place for children to go, she said: “There’s nothing for children after school. They may have an after school club, but this is a place for them to grow and you can only grow if you have your own social space and know that most importantly you are safe.”

The community center caters mainly to young people between the ages of 4 and 18, with activities such as drama groups, singing groups, youth services and karate.

There are also rooms available for rent that can be rented at low prices.

Trustee Tina Simpson pictured at the Netherfield LOCO Center in Forester Street.

Tina said she felt children were misunderstood and it was important to have a place for them to express themselves: “You always have people mentioning kids’ hoodies, saying that they are this and they are that, but they are not, they just need a place to go.

“For seven months, I gave up every weekend to come here. We worked all Christmas for the opening on January 4. My husband had come to do the electricity, many volunteers helped paint the center , there were a whole bunch of people who helped.”

The community center is open seven days a week and young people usually come from around 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The redevelopment of the site came after the GP’s practice moved to a new building on the former Ashwell Street school site in Meadow Road in 2020.

Members of the Gedling Forum have raised £45,000 for a deposit to pay for Netherfield’s former GP practice in Forester Street.

Funding from Assura, Jones Trust, Tesco, Gedling Borough Council and Nottingham County Council helped get it started.

After transforming what was once a consultant room into a sensory room, there are also kitchen facilities, a future technical room for children and a space where young people can talk to an adult.

A general view of the Netherfield LOCO Center in Forester Street.
A general view of the Netherfield LOCO Center in Forester Street.

Every Thursday at 10:30 am, 12:15 pm and 2 pm, “Strong and Steady” classes will be organized for the elderly, teaching them movements to get up in the event of a fall led by the instructor: Sara Bryant.

Strong and Steady class instructor Sara Bryant said the new community center is a place everyone can go, regardless of age.

“It gives people a sense of belonging and people like that, whatever their age, it’s a really reliable and safe environment for the community, there’s flat parking outside and it’s accessible .”

The nearby Netherfield St George’s Center remains open Monday to Friday.

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