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Project information

The Alpha Centre Capital Appeal

A new fully accessible children’s centre will allow the local community of Great Yarmouth and its surrounding boroughs to access modern facilities whereby services provided will contribute towards meeting the key needs of children with additional needs/disabilities and their families

2 years in total

Charity information: Shine (previously known as Great Yarmouth & Waveney Contact for Special Needs Help)

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  • Need


    Disabled children and young people currently face multiple barriers that make it more difficult for them to achieve their potential, to attain the outcomes their peers expect and to succeed in education. Because of the behaviours of, and needs arising from, their children, parents are also heavily disadvantaged because they feel isolated and unable to look after their own needs. Families are doubly disadvantaged in Great Yarmouth because they live in a very deprived area with little support.


    Disability at a young age creates significant physical, emotional, educational and financial challenges, both for the child and their families. They require a high level of specialist support to enjoy a good quality of life. However, dated, inaccessible premises were encroaching on Shine's ability to meet ever-increasing demand. The solution - to construct a new centre of excellence to provide larger, more modern facilities for a greater range of children-focused and parent-centred activities

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To construct the Alpha Centre to meet increasing demands of local families in need in East Norfolk


    » Build safe, accessible, bespoke facilities for the widest range of beneficiary needs and provide appropriate office space and facilities for staff
    » Run Short Break Respite Playschemes, Specialist Nurture Group sessions, Youth Clubs, and Toy Libraries for children with additional needs/disabilities
    » Provide Parent Support Group sessions, Family Support worker services, Parenting Life Skills training and drop-in advice/guidance to parents
    » Start new services including Transition to Adulthood (support for older disabled teenagers) and Siblings Support (counselling for brothers/sisters)

    What success will look like

    Completing a centre equipped with activity areas, outside play facilities, sensory room, wet room/toilets, toy library, computers, offices etc. serving over 500 children/parents

  • Impact


    The project will provide a much more effective environment in which to deliver services to at least 30% more children with additional needs/disabilities and their families in East Norfolk. They will be empowered to enjoy a better quality of life with more opportunities.They will benefit from enhanced levels of communication, self-esteem, confidence, well-being, financial stability, independence; and reduced feelings of isolation, stress and chance of family breakdown


    All building projects carry risk. We have, however, undertaken significant risk assessments internally and externally, to ensure we can prepare for any problems whilst the centre is being constructed. This includes how to deal with issues such as delays and shortage of funding. All have been listed and solutions prepared in the event one should occur. The project will be carefully managed by a number of professionals and monitored closely by the charity's trustees and staff.


    Any funder of this capital build will receive quarterly updates on how the project is progressing, including any necessary changes that have been made to original plans. At the end of the project a full report will be circulated to detail what was achieved and what the future holds.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £826,315

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      Amount Heading Description
      £95,810 Land purchase To buy the land where the centre will be built
      £175,298 Fees Planning permission/legal fees/architects designs/fundraising/project management etc.
      £55,360 Preliminaries Mechanical plant, site accomodation, drainage etc.
      £241,771 Building Construction Demolition, substructure and superstructure
      £178,076 Site works Mechanical/electrical installations, external works, building company overheads
      £80,000 Internal finishes Fixtures and fittings

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Local community fundraising (parents) £147,018 Guaranteed
    Norfolk County Council £138,730 Guaranteed
    Charity contribution £58,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The centre is located in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth (East Norfolk). In this area families are heavily disadvantaged because they live in the 58th most deprived local authority area of 354, the most deprived in Eastern England (IMD, 2007). Unemployment is significantly higher than the rest of the county, and transport links are a major issue, isolating many towns from services that could help but are located a long distance away. There is a distinct lack of support in the immediate area.


    This new centre will provide a much more effective environment in which to deliver services to children with additional needs/disabilities and their families in Great Yarmouth and its surrounding areas. As well as continuing to provide existing services, the new Alpha Centre will allow Shine to work with larger numbers of families, and introduce new projects to help a wider range of individuals in this deprived area of the country.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Shine itself grew out of the direct needs of parents with disabled children. It has been successfully providing a range of key services to children with additional needs/disabilities and their families for over 20 years. A large team of trained staff and volunteers have developed very close relationships with families in the area and truly understand their current needs. They have formed effective relationships with many organisations in order to ensure this building is completed successfully.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Louise Eastwood

    Louise is vital for overseeing the project as Chairperson of Shine, and using her contacts to drum up as much support as possible

    Belinda Crayston

    Manager of services at Shine, her local knowledge and experience is key to ensure all elements of the build meet the needs of beneficiaries

    OWL Architects

    This well-respected company is essential in ensuring designs of the building are correct and project managing so the construction runs smoothly

    Appeal Committee

    Trustees, staff, volunteers and local members of the community join together to help raise the money needed for the building