Lyme Regis Development Trust own the building and is ultimately responsible for the building and its activities. It works with partners to further the best interests of young people in the area. www.lrdt.co.uk
The Strategic Partnership Group is made up of representatives from key partners in The Hub project. These are Lyme Regis Development Trust, Woodroffe School, and Dorset County Council Youth Service. Its role is to ensure objectives and outcomes of the Memorandum of Understanding are achieved (see below). It will develop policies and oversee finances to ensure the long-term vitality and sustainability of The Hub.
Lyme Regis Town Council continue to support this important project.
Young people from all the groups that use The Hub know that their voice and opinion play an important part in ensuring that their space and activities are continually developed.
Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the Strategic Partnership Agreement between Lyme Regis Development Trust, Dorset County Council and The Woodroffe School
This Memorandum of Understanding sets out the terms of a partnership agreement proposed between Lyme Regis Development Trust, The Woodroffe School and Dorset County Council’s Youth Service.
The purpose of the partnership is to guide the planning, facilitation and realisation of the development of a centre for children and young people in Lyme Regis. The vision of the partnership is to ensure that the centre:
will be built around the needs of young people and be welcoming, educational, supportive and sustainable.
offers a wide range of services and opportunities for the children and young people of Lyme Regis and its catchment area – and becomes a centre of excellence that will be used by children and young people from further afield.
is developed using the experience, expertise and energy of Lyme Regis Development Trust, The Woodroffe School, Dorset County Council’s Youth Service and the wide range of community organisations in and around Lyme Regis.
This Memorandum of Understanding is intended to secure a viable working relationship between the three parties until such time as long-term management and governance structures can be agreed. It is not intended to be legally binding on the partners.
Until then, the partners will provide strategic management for the project, and will sign off the Refurbishment Plan.
LRDT will act as account holder and will appoint a Project Leader to chair a management committee, to be formed as soon as possible from interested and active volunteers.
The partners will ensure that processes are in place that enable all interested parties have an opportunity to contribute ideas and to understand decisions taken.
The Lyme Regis Club for Young People, formerly known as the Lyme Regis Boys’ Club and affiliated to the national network of Clubs for Young People, has been a presence in Lyme Regis for many years. However, the building occupied by the club fell into disrepair and, therefore, a service to young people has not been offered for some years.
The club building has been acquired by Lyme Regis Development Trust in order for a new centre for children and young people to be developed.
The partners wish to work together to bring the building back to use for children, young people and the wider community.
4. Background/Context – partner positions
LRDT has a strong track record for offering services to young people through the popular and successful drop-in youth café called inSPARation and via Lymenet. LRDT has an excellent reputation in the community and a strong record in terms of fundraising and organising community events. It is at the heart of community provision across a wide range of services in Lyme. There is also a history of collaboration between the LRDT and The Woodroffe School, and both are respected institutions in Lyme Regis and beyond.
The Woodroffe School has always been keen to help improve provision for its students both during and after school and recognised early on the potential of the club’s buildings. It therefore entered into discussions with the club committee and helped to broker the involvement of Dorset County Council’s Youth Service.
Dorset County Council’s Youth Service is keen to secure the best possible youth work provision for all young people in Dorset, in order to enable them to achieve their potential and play a full role in society. A change of ownership of the ‘Boy’s Club’ represents a fresh opportunity for the service and facilitates Dorset County Council’s pledge to improve the quality of life for people in Dorset, now and in the future.
LRDT, The Woodroffe School and Dorset County Council’s Youth Service have worked closely together to explore the potential of a new centre for children and young people in Lyme Regis and are able to draw upon a wide range of community contacts to ensure both breadth and quality of provision.
5. Objectives of the Strategic Partnership Agreement
1. To develop close working relationships between LRDT, The Woodroffe School and Dorset County Council’s Youth Service, extended to other partners where appropriate, to ensure that all possible resources are utilised and to best effect.
2. To effectively pool knowledge, know how, resources, contacts and networks, and to work with the local community, to ensure the following are achieved:
Agreement and delivery on a programme of activities, refurbishment requirements and resources (human and physical) to deliver both.
Identification and acquisition of the necessary funding sources.
Project management of the refurbishment requirements within agreed performance, time and cost criteria.
Necessary workforce, recruitment and programme set-up.
Development of an innovative, best value, and sustainable business model.
Development of management and governance arrangements for the centre that ensure both its future viability and on-going community involvement.
6. Shared values
Young person centred – the partners are committed to keeping the interests of young people at the heart of the centre. All the partners want the best for children and young people and will ask and involve them that they think it is the best too.
A positive environment for children and young people – the partners agree that the facility will provide a programme and spaces which are safe, educational and gives children and young people the best start in life.
Commitment – the partners will be realistic, deliver against their agreements and take positive action to avoid letting the project down. There will be regular reviews of the project. Effective ways of working and performance monitoring will be introduced and adhered to.
Accountability – the partners will recognise and accept responsibilities and choices and will be accountable to each other for meeting commitments.
Teamwork, mutual trust and respect – the partners will work to achieve the objectives of the partnership agreement and resolve any issues that arise in good spirit, understanding and honouring each others’ authority, boundaries and differences.
No one partner will move forward with communications with the media or use the Centre’s identity without the agreement of the others.
8. Shared Critical Outcomes – For young people:
For the centre to respond to and meet young people’s needs (now and in the future);
To offer a range of educational (formal and informal) activities and programmes that support young people’s personal, social and emotional development;
To offer access to skilled, trained and professional employees from a range of services to meet young peoples needs;
To offer a safe and welcoming place for all young people to have a voice and influence, meet and develop trusting and supportive relationships.
For partner agencies:
To optimise opportunities that the building presents – in terms of sharing practice and resources.
To contribute positively to any children and young peoples’ strategy for Lyme Regis / targets in Dorset County Council’s Children and Young People’s Plan / school outcomes /and any future initiatives.
To have access to a flexible and shared space to host and support events and requests.
For the wider community:
To provide local children, young people, and families with access to an affordable programme of creative, inspirational and innovative activities.
To maximise the potential of wider community partnerships to the benefit of this resource and its offer;
To have a transparent and financially viable and accountable resource;
To create a sustainable resource in terms of governance i.e., succession models and flexibility.