A little bit of background goes a long way!
Our story began back in 2012 when Wolverhampton City Council in partnership with local businesses teamed up with Onside to provide the young people of Wolverhampton access to a Youth Zone, and the benefits it can bring for the whole community. Championed by successful entrepreneur, Steve Morgan CBE, The Queen’s Trust and St James’s Place Foundation, this once-in-a-lifetime project is now a reality for the city’s young people since January 2016.
Ever since then we’ve been offering young people aged 8-19 (up to 25 with a disability) over 20 activities every night.
Get to know us
We are all here for the same reason – Our young people, our community and our city!
Check out our area teams in the GET INVOLVED tab
Sharing their knowledge, experience & passion to make The Way an amazing space for young people!
A local businessman, John is chairman of William Gough and Son, a construction company that has been employing people in Wolverhampton for over 100 years. John is also Chairman of Gough Holdings Group Ltd. John was educated in Wolverhampton and attended Aston University in Birmingham.
In 2006, John was appointed to the board of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club and subsequently represented the Club as a Board Member of the Wolverhampton Development Company, a government-sponsored organisation with the aim of attracting investment into the City of Wolverhampton.
Vincent is a retired solicitor and is a trustee of The Steve Morgan Foundation which, together with Wolverhampton City Council and OnSide, created The Way. Vincent passionately believes in what The Way is doing to improve the lives of the young people of Wolverhampton.
Ann is Chief Executive of the Students Union at the University of Wolverhampton. She has extensive experience of working with young people.
She was previously Chief Executive of the YMCA in Wolverhampton for 23 years developing it from a small community-based project into a major organisation providing a broad portfolio of services for children and young people.
Andrew Wolverson is Head of Service, People at the City of Wolverhampton Council. During his time at the council, he has worked in a number of roles including Head of Early Years, where he led on the development of Sure Start Children’s Centres, and Head of Early Intervention. As Head of Early Intervention, he was instrumental in developing services that provided support to families at the earliest opportunity and the development of Strengthening Families Hubs.
In his latest role, he is responsible for driving forward the transformation of service within children’s and adult’s services to ensure that citizens receive the right services at the right time and right level. He is pleased to be the council’s representative on the board and supporting the continued development of The Way.
Paul is a Partner with FBC Manby Bowdler.
Businessman Roy Bernard is the founder and owner of Select Healthcare Group.
He received an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration, honoured in recognition of his entrepreneurial approach to business in the residential care home field and his dedication to the young people of the City of Wolverhampton through his work with The Way Youth Zone.
“I feel passionate about supporting The Way because it reminds me of what I was doing when I was a teenager. As a lad from a council estate there was only one place to go – The YMCA. This youth club kept me off the streets at night and gave me somewhere to go. I don’t know what would have happened without the YMCA, so when I was asked by Steve Morgan to get involved and help support the young people of Wolverhampton, I was delighted to be able to give something back. Especially something that had really benefited me.”
Kevin has held a range of senior operational and strategic managerial posts within the social housing sector. His early career was in architecture, employed with a local chartered architectural and quantity surveying practice where he was responsible for the design and delivery of a range of large scale domestic, commercial and industrial projects.
Alison is a fundraising professional with fifteen years’ experience leading a variety of fundraising teams, and personally generating gifts from major donors in the UK and internationally (notably Asia).
For over a decade she played a leading role in the award-winning fundraising team at King’s College London, which exceeded the target in its £500m World Questions/Answers campaign - closing at £610m.
Alison joined OnSide Youth Zones in December 2018 as Director of Fundraising. There she leads three teams of fundraisers based across the country, in addition to the charity’s Marketing function.
Meet the founding members
From creating the concept & name of The Way Youth Zone, helping shape the design of the building & recruiting our first staff member – this group of young people had their say on all aspects.Ervis CeraKaelem JonesFlogert CeraLauren WalkerKayleigh JamesManse JassiHolly BrightPawandeep BhatoaKashmire HawkerDanielle HigginsHarsimran Shuthar