Project information

Centre 81 New Building Appeal

Centre 81 is outgrowing its existing complex of tired prefabricated school buildings and is embarking on an exciting appeal to raise £1.6 million to create a new fully-inclusive and accessible centre for adults with physical and other disabilities, including some with complex health/social needs.

3-5 years

Charity information: Centre 81 Limited

Centre 81 Limited logo
  • Need


    Centre 81 works with 100 members with disabilities/debilitating health issues in a complex of prefabricated buildings and portacabin that are no longer really fit for purpose. They are tired, expensive to maintain, have limited capacity and restricted space for large, modern equipment. We would like to build a new centre to incorporate a member's kitchen, IT suite, hoists, changing bed, a large multipurpose room, wet rooms, a music room, adaptive gym, community café and additional offices.


    The new Centre 81’s key features will be: universal accessibility; ceiling tracking for all people who need to use hoists; wet rooms with shower/bath and toilet facilities; covered vehicle area so that people are provided with shelter getting on and off buses; innovative building design to assist those with sensory and/or memory loss to navigate around the building and to feel at ease in their surroundings. Ultimately it will improve facilities whilst increasing our capacity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To plan a truly person-centred facility promoting ability that respects and values diversity.


    » Undertake a feasibility exercise incorporating member's views and ideas.
    » Design a basic concept upon which to cost the overall project.

    What success will look like

    Carry out a full feasibility exercise with Centre 81 members resulting in a published business/development plan for the project.

    Aim 2

    Raise sufficient funds to commission building of a New Centre 81.


    » Using concept design to create an appeal to raise the necessary funds.
    » Recruit outside specialists and patrons to help implement an appeal for funds.
    » Identify suitable sources of funding and complete necessary approaches and applications.

    What success will look like

    Launch an appeal, identify suitable sources and ultimately raise £1.6 million.

    Aim 3

    Commission formal plans based on outline planning consent and complete planning process.


    » Appoint architect to draw up plans.
    » Apply for full planning permission.

    What success will look like

    Full architects plans created and costed by a quantity surveyor.

    Aim 4

    Commission build process and agree milestones.


    » Appoint builder, agree start date and agree process for minimal disruption to services.

    What success will look like

    Appoint a local builder and create a timeline.

    Aim 5

    Start and complete building of New Centre 81 whilst existing facilities are still in use.


    » Builder starts work on new adjacent site.
    » Complete building of New Centre 81.
    » Demolish old Centre 81 premises and prepare site for future use.

    What success will look like

    Build a new Centre 81 taking into account feasibility exercise with members. Move from old to new premises. Demolish old Centre 81.

  • Impact


    With a better building we will offer support to assist people to develop their skills to become practically, financially and emotionally resourceful. Part of this process includes assisting people to regain fine/gross motor skills as a move to sustained independence. This will be alongside enhanced health and wellbeing services, including podiatry, diabetic clinics and counselling services. Monitoring will include qualitative/quantitative indicators and target numbers.


    The most significant risk to the project is not raising the necessary funds to build the new Centre 81. We are currently looking at various contingency options with regards to what we can achieve with various amounts of funding.


    We plan to write to donors at six monthly intervals to report on our progress in raising funds and what activities we have been undertaking to raise the £1.6 million required.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,615,300

    Loading graph....
      Amount Heading Description
      £127,500 Demolition/Works Demolish existing buildings, site works
      £1,487,800 Construction New build (single storey) on new site
  • Background


    Great Yarmouth is ranked 57th out of the 354 local authorities and the most deprived in Norfolk. Twelve of the 61 lower super output areas (LSOAs) fall within the most deprived ten percent nationally and a further five fall within the most deprived 20 percent. The town is affected by seasonal unemployment with large numbers of low income families and has a disproportionate number of people with limited long-term conditions or disabilities (19,000) which is reflected by our membership.


    We work with adults with physical and/or learning disabilities and those who are vulnerable or isolated by their impaired mobility and debilitating health issues aged 18-80. This includes those with: Stroke, Cerebral Palsy; Diabetes, Epilepsy, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and Muscular Dystrophy. For a significant number they have resulting Dysphasia/Aphasia and/or Sensory Loss. 80% have low self-esteem with the majority on prescribed anti-depressants.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have history that is built upon providing imaginative services which are responsive to the needs of our members. We are determined to work from a person-centred perspective and have developed from a traditional style day centre to an organisation that acknowledges that due to the multiplicity of diagnosis there is a need to understand individuals from both the medical and social models of disability. We utilise highly skilled staff and volunteers who are both dedicated and passionate.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Diana Staines

    Diana is our Chief Executive Officer responsible for day to day management and administration. She is a qualified social worker/counsellor.

    Julie Charles

    Julie is our Skills and Activities Centre Manager who manages/supervises a team of 40 people together with risk assessments, training etc.