Mexborough with a population of around 15,600 falls into the top 500 areas of deprivation across the UK. (www.cuf.org.uk/parish/350230#data).
Child poverty in the town is 1.7 time the national average with 33% of Children in the town deemed to be living in poverty against 24% across the wider Doncaster Borough and a 19% National Average.
Lone parenting sits at 28%,and 40% of the towns population have no qualifications compared with a 22% national average.
The people of Mexborough require a community center where they are able join with their peers in a safe environment.
For the Young People of the town this help keep them away from the increasing negative influences of Drug and Gang Culture taking hold in some areas of the town.
For the elderly and homeless the centre provide a place to meet with friends in a not for profit environment
In June 2016 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council were no longer able to staff the Youth Club in Mexborough and handed over control to Mexborough Miners' and Recreation Ground.
Since June the Miners' Welfare, in partnership with Mexborough Life Church have successfully delivered Youth Club sessions on 2 evenings per week. The building is also used by a local pottery group and a number of bands use the old recording studios as rehearsal space. There are plans to move a number of other community groups into the centre and open a homeless cafe.
Increased use of the premises will add to the wear and tear of the building and there is a need to upgrade some areas to increase the sustainability of the project. Improving the sound proofing of the old studios will enable the use of the main hall alongside the use of the studios for rehearsals, work in the kitchen is required to ensure compliance with Food Safety best practice and standards facilitating the use of the kitchen for 'cafes' to support the elderly and homeless communities.
The stone floor in the lobby area requires some repair to ensure the floor remains in a safe condition.
Toilets and urinals need to be replaced with more environmentally low flush units.
Externally timber fascias would benefit from replacement by UPVC and the external fire escape requires some welding and repainting.