Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Centre
The Thanington Estate comprises of approx 600 tenanted properties with very few facilities, on the outskirts of Canterbury; divided
from the rest of Canterbury by the A2 by-pass.
Up to four years ago the estate was suffering increasing crime rates and anti-social behaviour. As an area of disadvantage and multiple
deprivation it was awarded Single Regeneration Budget money for development, community regeneration and improvement. The primary aims
of the bid, put together by the Thanington Community Development Partnership, were to limit opportunities for crime, maximise social
inclusion, and develop community health and education for all. The Neighbourhood Resource Centre, built in 2000 following extensive
consultation, is an integral part of this project and was set up to address these aims. It has created a long-term focus for the
community to continue the work and to increase the opportunities available to local people.
Since the opening of the Centre and surrounding flood-lit play areas for young people there has been a marked decline in crime and
vandalism, The Centre is used primarily by local residents and take-up within every group, course or activity has been at a faster
and higher level than anticipated, indicating both the success of the Centre and the extent of local demand.
Services and Facilities
The Centre already provides; lively After-school clubs; Homework Clubs; and toddler groups, for children of all abilities; Thanington
Youth and junior youth Clubs; 'Gingerbread'; A Health Visitor Clinic; and breast-feeding support group. see services.
The Centre is also a and has two 5-a-side courts, a flood-lit basket ball court, BMX track and a wonderful children's play area. For
adults the UK online Centre offers free Internet and e-mail access, drop-in sessions and all levels of qualification and courses,
including the very popular 'Computing for the Terrified' see events