Barton Road Centre is currently owned by Lancashire County Council. However the community provision is managed and delivered by the Barton Road Social Enterprise. Barton Road Social Enterprise was set up in 2013 and comprises members of all groups which are in operation at the Centre. Prior to the establishment of the Social Enterprise, the running of the Centre was overseen by a management committee, made up of members of the community and elected representatives. This arrangement had been in place since the opening of the Centre as a Youth and Community Centre in 1988. By 2008 however, the County Council had withdrawn funding for community provision and so the Management Committee was left to manage community provision in a much more independent way.
In 2012, we appointed a Community Co-ordinator to oversee community work at the Centre. Denise Nardone remains in post and is the first point of contact for many people who use the Centre.
At the moment, the Social Enterprise receives support from the County Council through reduced rental rates. However, as you may have read, Barton Road Centre has been confirmed as one of the building declared surplus to requirements by the County Council. The Social Enterprise has applied for an asset management transfer and this is likely to be confirmed in September 2016.
The Centre relies of volunteers and income from rentals to keep it afloat. In a regular week, we welcome in excess of 400 children and adults into the building. It is a valuable resource in South Lancaster. Come and have a look!