The County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, Councillor Seán Woodward said: “Our ambition for Gosport Discovery Centre was to further develop the already popular facilities, creating a hub of community activities. Our considerable investment in remodelling has really got the best use out of the inside space. It has been fantastic to see so many more customers using it as a result – nearly 40,000 more than the year before – with many visiting regularly for reading, learning, social and wellbeing activities.”
As a community hub, the Centre offers additional facilities and services including an Older People’s Day Centre run by Age Concern; Citizens Advice; Health visiting services run by Southern Health; FirstLight Trust for veterans; a Register Office for birth and death registration, and the Bookworm Café.
Between October 2018 and October 2019, a total of 322,762 people used the Discovery Centre, 38,997 more than the same period the previous year.
Other facilities available on site include meeting rooms which can be booked for use by community groups; and a ‘Changing Place’ toilet facility (for people whose needs are not met by standard accessible toilets), as well as additional accessible toilets, plus improved facilities for health clinics.
Councillor Woodward added: “We want even more people to enjoy what’s at Gosport Discovery Centre, by accessing the brilliant resources that are all under one roof.”
The investment in Gosport Discovery Centre supports the County Council’s ethos of making the best possible use of public buildings and providing modern, vibrant community spaces for residents to enjoy. Information is available online about future events and activities taking place at Gosport Discovery Centre.