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THE YOUTH ZONE NETWORK

THE YOUTH ZONE NETWORK

Wolverhampton Youth Zone is part of a Network of similar independent youth organisations that all share the same principles developed by the charity OnSide Youth Zones, which is developing 21st century youth facilities across the UK.

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Young people need our help now more than ever before and in Wolverhampton this no different. Our young people deserve a world-class place to go that is inspiring, safe and affordable. Wolverhampton Youth Zone, once open, will join a Network of six established Youth Zones with over 15,000 members in Manchester (The Factory), Oldham (Mahdlo), Wigan, Carlisle, Blackburn and Bolton. OnSide also expects to open Wirral Youth Zone (The Hive) in 2016.

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WHAT MAKES AN ONSIDE YOUTH ZONE?

WHAT MAKES AN ONSIDE YOUTH ZONE?

  • As an OnSide Youth Zone, The Way will be built on the following foundations:
  • A private sector-led Board, heading up an independent local charity
  • A sustainable funding model
  • A four-way partnership between the private sector, local authority, young people and the community
  • A city centre location, in ‘neutral’ territory that all young people from the community can share
  • A function, inspirational building design based on how young people engage, socialise and participate

TRIED & TESTED MOEL

TRIED & TESTED MOEL

The Youth Zone model is based on the successful Bolton Lads Club, which was established in 1889. Over the last thirty years Bolton Lads and Girls Club was run by Jeremy Glover MBE, who recognised that there was a desire from local businesses to support activities for young people because they saw the benefits for their business, their people and the community.

in 2002, the Club received a £5 million investment in Bolton’s young people. Today, Bolton Lads & Girls Club opens 7 days-a-week, 52 weeks-a-year for all young people aged 8-21 years old and up to 25 for those with a disability or learning difficulty.

Over the last six years, OnSide has set about replicating the success at Bolton Lads and Girls Club in other towns and cities across the country, bringing together the public and private sectors to develop strong local partnerships, executive teams and to manage the build prior to handing over completely to each of the independent Youth Zones.

Want to know more about the OnSide Youth Zone Network? Click here.

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  • Kerryann

    WHY THE WAY

    "“It has been amazing to see my daughter out grow her fears and get involved more with other children of all ages and disabilities. I am, as she is, so pleased that Wolverhampton has a place where all children can be themselves and do activities that they enjoy…”"

    Kerryann Michaels, Mum

  • Lisa on Facebook

    WHY THE WAY

    "“Had a fab evening at The Way, Wolverhamptons new youth zone. Great facilities. Lovely staff. Signed both the boys up as members and have had to drag them both away after 3 hours even though none of us have been home for tea yet!”"

    Lisa Kingsley, Facebook Review

  • Alison on Facebook

    WHY THE WAY

    "Absolutely fantastic place. I used to love my youth club days (many years ago!) And never thought my three girls would get the opportunity to experience anything like it. The facilities are amazing, as are the youth workers and volunteers, you all do a brilliant job!"

    Alison on Facebook

  • Darren on Facebook

    WHY THE WAY

    "Fantastic activities and even better staff and volunteers. My daughters, nieces and all their friends love the place - so fortunate to have such a high quality facility in the City"

    Darren on Facebook

  • Samantha on Facebook

    WHY THE WAY

    "Lots of awesome activities for the kids wearing mine out like a treat. A safe pace to meet friends and hang out in with state of the art facilities."

    Samantha on Facebook

  • Richard on Google

    WHY THE WAY

    "Great new centre for youngsters to hang out and have some fun. Football, pool tables, boxing, gym, hair and beauty, sports hall and café and more!"

    Richard on Google Reviews