As part of The United Nations’ Orange the World campaign to raise awareness of violence against women and girls The Way Youth Zone is turning orange.
From Friday 25th November (which is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) until 10th December (which is UN Human Rights Day) the Youth Zone’s external lights will be bright orange.
Organisations across the whole of Wolverhampton, from small community groups to large public sector organisations, are taking part in Orange Wolverhampton.
Cheryl Garvey, CEO of The Way Youth Zone, said:
“We’re proud to support ‘Orange Wolverhampton’. The campaign will raise awareness of violence against women and help us to talk to our young people about gender issues.”
The Way Youth Zone supports young people giving them something to do, somewhere to go and someone to talk to. The Way also helps community groups from across the city like Serenity Counselling who are supporting women and families that are effected by domestic violence.
Lois Bramall from Serenity Counselling said:
“I started Serenity Counselling after I discovered that Wolverhampton had one of the highest numbers of convicted perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual abuse in the country. We’re proud of the work we’re doing and we’re delighted that The Way Youth Zone are helping us continue it.”
Open seven days a week, The Way provides sports, leisure and training opportunities to young people aged between 8 and 19, and up to 25 for those with a disability. The £5.5 million facility boasts an indoor climbing wall, four court sports hall, boxing gym, gym, 3G floodlit pitch and more.
Over 4,000 young people from across Wolverhampton use The Way Youth Zone on School Street.