|One of the main reasons for
the success of the Greymouth Churches Community Youth Project, besides its'
team of dedicated leaders, is our amazing youth activities centre known as
When Tim and Nicky first arrived in Greymouth
the property they were living at also included an old furniture factory used
for kitchen installations. They could see immediately the potential for the
facility as a youth centre and after some discussion the church agreed to
take out a mortgage and purchase the property just over a year later.
Tim immediately applied his practical handyman
skills and with a lot of help and generous grants and donations of finances
and resources, gradually converted the old factory over the next ten years
into the amazing youth centre it is today.
Today "The Shed" is a fully lined and insulated
building with loads of spaces created by couches and chairs where youth can
mix and mingle safely and visibly in small groups. Besides this there are
a number of large rooms with a wide range of possible activities. There is
the lounge area complete with a computer network, gaming consoles and the
ability to project big screen movies. In the main room warmed by a log fire,
we have table tennis, a pool table, table soccer and air hockey. There is
also a mini basketball court and a gymn with a wide variety of exercise
equipment. We also have an art room where you can express your creative talents,
a fully outfitted kitchen, a music area with a few instruments, a canteen
and a small library area with another TV and some of the more interactive
console games like Buzz, Singstar and Guitar Hero. Outside there is a BBQ,
sunken fire pit, carpark and a playing field for sports. It really is quite
an amazing facility.
Below are some before and after photos. Just
run your mouse over the image to see how it looks today!
A List of All Those Who
Have Helped in Some Way
Of course a project as large as "The Shed" cannot be done without the help
of many others including businesses, funders, groups and individuals. Here's
an attempt , and I apologise in advance if I have forgotten anybody, to
acknowledge the huge number of those who have had input into the development
of "The Shed." Those who have helped with funding include Paul Newman
Foundation, Pub Charity, Lion Foundation, Perry Foundation, NZCT, West Coast
Community Trust, COGS, Lottery, Tindall Foundation, Anglican Care, Laugessen
Trust, Kettle Trust, Blackadder Trust, Snowden Trust, Sargood Foundation,
Rotary, Lions, Grey Valley Lions, Grey District Council, Riverside Lions,
West Coast Rehabilitation Society, YouthTown, Development West Coast,
Corrections, Church opp shops and more. Businesses who
have helped include IPL, M10, Westland Funeral Services, BP,
Electronet, Trustpower, Stantons Plumbing, Coastal Constructors, Kea Tours,
Anisy Funeral Home, Blanchfields and Stewart Nimmo Photography. Groups who
have contributed include numerous YWAM teams and many of the local churches.
And lastly the list of individuals is huge; Jo and Dayaram Ganda, Jack Williams,
Brent Woolhouse, Pete Anderson, Brian Czepanski, Peter White, Vince Mora,
Tony and Margaret Woollett, Dave Stewart, Gary Cambus, Kevin Brown, Ray Frew,
Tony Kokshoorn, Gordon Wilkins, Rhys Phillips, Fiona and Murray Wilkins,
Mark Chapman, Steve Fox, Jim the plumber and others whose names escape me
at the present. Also many of the young people like Fred Heine, Steve Martin,
Jonny Rodgers, Alistar Trounson, Alistar Hampton, James Nimmo, Mikhael Schumacher
and I am sure many others. If you haven't been listed then it's because my
memory is bad, please forgive me! However I would love to list everyone who
has helped so just get in touch and jog my memory.
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