About The Henley Youth Centre
The original Youth Centre for Henley was on the site of the current Thamesfield Nursing Home on the Wargrave Road. The site was owned by Viscount Hambleden of Greenlands and given to the Thamesfield Youth Association (TYA) in 1945 for the benefit of the young people of Henley.
Oxfordshire County Council sold Thamesfield House and gave Thamesfield Youth Association the freehold of part of the site and the freehold where the current Youth Centre stands in Deanfield Avenue. The Eyot Centre is on land leased to Thamesfield Youth Association from OCC. The Sea Cadet unit is leased from TYA who own the freehold at a peppercorn rent.
The present Youth Centre in Deanfield Avenue was built in 1971. The freehold was given to TYA in exchange for the previous youth Centre on the Wargrave Road.
How Is It Run?
The Centre is run by an elected Management Committee consisting of Chairman, Treasurer and administrator. The four Trustees of the TYA belong to this committee, which also consists of members of local organisations, the Mayor and a member of Henley Town Council.
The responsibility of the Management Committee is...
"constituted by the Trustees of the Thamesfield Youth Association and is responsible for its actions to them. Until such time as its Chairman is advised by the Trustees in writing that powers are delegated to the Committee, and those powers are defined also in writing, all actions and decisions are subject to confirmation by the Trustees."
Users Of The Centre
The Centre is used for youth work on two evenings per week, the Henley Youth Club.
The age of members is 13 to 19 years. The Centre charges 50p entrance.
The Pathways Group from Henley College uses the centre every Monday afternoon.
Administration work is mostly carried out on Monday and Friday mornings.
Each summer during the holiday time trips and activities are arranged with funding being applied for from various bodies. A lot of activities are undertaken in partnership with other bodies including The Eyot Centre and NOMAD.
The Centre is a member of Oxfordshire Association of Youth People, who provide support for the Centre.
The Centre is open to other groups from the community to use and it is available for hire for partiesand other events. It was recently loaned free of charge to the Breast Cancer appeal for their sponsored walk. The Trustees have discretion on use and are always advised of enquiries.