Somerford Youth and Community Centre

Somerford Youth and Community Centre is run and managed by Christchurch Open Awards Centre (COAC), a charity that was set up to take over the centre when it was handed over to community ownership by the previous owners, Dorset County Council, in 2016. COAC works in partnership with Christchurch Activities for Young People (CAYP). CAYP has been running services, projects and activities in Somerford and across the wider Christchurch area since 2006 as part of a Local Authority scheme. In 2011 CAYP became independent and set up as a, not for profit Community Interest Company run by the community. In 2016 CAYP developed Christchurch Open Awards Centre as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and a registered charity to take over the ownership, management and running of Somerford Youth Club – now Somerford Youth and Community Centre. CAYP continue to be actively involved in delivering the youth focussed activities and projects at the centre.

Since 2016 the services and resources developed at the centre for the community have increased rapidly as a direct result of what local need is and what the community want from the centre.

The major projects we are currently running are:


Since 2016 the services and resources developed at the centre for the community have increased rapidly as a direct result of what local need is and what the community want from the centre. 

The major projects we are currently running are:

  • Stay and Play activity session for parents and pre-school toddlers Monday and Wednesday 9.30 am to 11.30 am. Cost £1.50

  • Stay and Play activity session – a membership-based community food shop scheme. Opening times: Tuesday 08.45 – 10.45 am; Thursday 3 pm – 7 pm and Saturday 9.30 am – 11.30 am. Membership is free, and you can visit once a week for £3.50 and choose up to 10 items from the shop. See separate page.

For more details on any of these plus any other projects, we may be running please contact us.

    • ​​​Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme – See page

    • School holiday activity programme – see page

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