Stanley Sharpe was one of the founding trustees of The Swan Youth Project and the inspiration behind the Berkhamsted Youth Town Council in 1995. Stanley had a lifelong interest in politics which was motivated by his belief that there must be a better way of doing things, in the interest of all people.
After moving to Berkhamsted, he became aware of the lack of facilities available for young people. Stanley set about changing the face of Berkhamsted as we know it today.
Through engaging local young people, he pushed for the town to have it's much loved Skate Park, The Youth Town Council and The Swan Youth Project.
Stanley passed away in 2008.
The Inn was eventually acquired with financial support of the National Lotteries Charities Board. Although the charity owns the building, most of it is leased to the Aldwyck Housing Association, with the downstairs being managed by The Swan Youth Project.
This space provides a recreational facility for the young people of the area.
The charity originally aimed to purchase The Swan Inn in Berkhamsted which, at the time, was a 16th century coaching inn in danger of becoming derelict. The hope was to develop this building for the benefit of the young people of Berkhamsted.