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Our Vision

The purchase of the additional land, doubling the size of our site, has provided us with the opportunity to create a new fully-accessible community facility, with the space and specialist state-of-the-art facilities that will enable us to welcome not only Centre 81 members, carers, staff, volunteers but individuals and groups from across the borough and beyond

We will also be able to continue to operate uninterrupted the Skills and Activities Centre and Community Transport service which is essential for all our current members.

Assisting us in making our vision become a reality we are delighted to have Professor Hans Haenlien, MBE and his team as the architects for the project.  Hans is known for his work on inclusive buildings and ensuring that buildings are designed to accommodate the needs of those with disabilities.  He will be facilitating Centre 81’s Design Team which will pull together a whole variety of experts whose task will be to ensure that our new Centre 81 is fit for purpose and delivers the aspirations of Centre 81 members, volunteers, staff and trustees.

Our vision for this bold new building includes:

  • a multi-purpose room with a stage area
  • music room
  • adaptive gym
  • a specially designed members’ kitchen area
  • IT suite
  • young dementia suite
  • wet rooms
  • specialised hoists
  • covered transport drop-off area
  • and a community café with a rooftop garden overlooking the river.

Centre 81 is a local charity for local people.   In line with this ethos Centre 81 Trustees are committed to ensuring that those involved in the Design Team have the skills, knowledge and expertise to assist us to deliver the new Centre 81.  We will be wanting the local firms to join us to create a new Centre 81 that will be a landmark project for the Borough of Great Yarmouth.

More than 19,000 people in the Borough of Great Yarmouth and a further 23,000 in Waveney have a limiting long-term illness or disability.  We can help many of these people as well as supporting their carers, families and friends but we cannot do this from our current premises.  The mixture of portakabins, WWII buildings and shipping container are old, tired and expensive to maintain and offer us no capacity to accommodate the increasing number of people needing our support.

Appeal Launch – Friday 20th May 2016

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If you can help in any way or just have a question then please feel free to call Jackie on 01493 852573 or email

“Centre 81 looks to see what people CAN do, try new things and help them make choices. The individual comes first and the disability second.  We have the concept of a community centre that is accessible for all, not just members but welcoming everyone.”  Diana Staines, CEO Centre 81 (May 2016)

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