Wolverhampton’s leading Youth Zone, The Way, has gone from strength to strength since its launch earlier this year, and is thanking the support of its Founder Patrons – which include office technology specialist, Altodigital – for its overwhelming success.
The Way Youth Zone on School Street was established to help provide the young people of Wolverhampton – aged 8-19, as well as young adults with a disability up to the age of 25 – with a safe place to meet, make friends and learn new skills.
Since opening in January this year, on average 1,500 young people visit the iconic facility every week.The Way exceeded its annual target of 3,000 in March. There are more than 20 activities taking place daily at the centre.
As the cost to each child at the centre is only 50p per evening and a £5 annual membership, the charity needs to raise £1million per year to be able to effectively operate, and to maintain the wide variety of activities offered to the young people.
Altodigital is one of a number of corporations to support the charity since its launch, with the company donating high tech printing and scanning equipment at the centre, including printers and MFDs, to aid the administrative side of the centre. Altodigital’s CEO, James Abrahart and his wife Jacqui, who are founder patrons of the centre also personally contribute an annual donation to the charity, due to their personal belief in the cause.
James said: “Young people and their development is a concept that has always been close to my heart and we’re really excited to have been so involved in this amazing project throughout its journey. The Way helps so many young people to meet new friends and learn new talents, and provides a completely invaluable service to the local community. We look forward to further supporting The Way, along with providing equipment to other similar youth zones across the UK.”
Philippa Gregory, Development Manager at The Way said: “Here at The Way, we rely on donations from companies like Altodigital so we can deliver a world class service to young people. We believe The Way has really made a difference and helped to change the lives of young people in Wolverhampton since opening the centre in January.”