The Tudorville Youth Centre building was previously owned by Herefordshire Council for youth services. However, no youth services were being delivered within this building, and so in 2010 it was announced that due to lack of resources the building was going to be closed, leaving the area without any community facility. A significant amount of work was required to turn the building into a more user-friendly community centre, and to meet the needs of the local community.
A public meeting took place at the Tudorville Youth Centre in February 2010, which showed there was a great deal of support for the idea of the community running its own centre, and so the Management Committee was formed. The Management Committee carried out an initial consultation with the local community, wrote a detailed business plan, and drew up plans for improvements. The very active fundraising committee raised the required £5,000 through a variety of events. Then TDCC formed as a company limited by guarantee (number 07298037), and registered as a charity (number 1137965). The goals of the organisation are to provide, refurbish and maintain a community centre for the use of the inhabitants of Tudorville.
The building was transferred to TDCC on 14th January 2011 under the Community Asset Transfer (CAT) scheme, the first CAT to complete in Herefordshire. TDCC then raised £80,000 in its first year, to fund start-up costs and complete Phase 1 of refurbishment. This included a new floor and heating, which allowed the building to be opened on 15th January 2011, less than 10 months after the original closure announcement. TDCC have since installed a new car park, a disabled access ramp, new windows and entrance doors, and the outdated electrics were replaced, from further funds raised. The Big Lottery Fund gave a grant to TDCC in September 2013, enabling the new kitchen to be built, and the meeting room to be extended. Further information about grants and donations can be found in the funding section.
Since 2011, regular and one-off bookings have steadily increased. TDCC is now successfully run as a community centre for the benefit of all ages and all groups; a venue which can be used by the community for family events, sports and leisure activities, and by other organisations for the delivery of services in the area. In September 2013, an Activities Co-ordinator was recruited to bring new activities to TDCC, however this role came to an end in October 2016.
To see what activities are going on at TDCC now, please visit the Calendar section.