Thousands of young people from Wolverhampton are celebrating The Way Youth Zone’s birthday. Since opening its’ doors on Saturday 16th January 2016, over 4,500 young people have used the facility with over 224 volunteers collectively giving 15,300 hours of their time.
Young people have been travelling far and wide from across the whole of Wolverhampton to access the state-of-the-art facility on School Street. By taking part in a multitude of activities like rock climbing, art, football, basketball, boxing, dance, music and employability, the Youth Zone is helping raise the aspirations, enhance prospects and improve health and wellbeing of the city’s young people.
All this week, The Way will be hosting a series events for young people culminating in a huge party on Saturday 21st January 2017. On Saturday, we will bury a time capsule which will showcase what our young people have been doing this year.
Spearheaded by entrepreneur Steve Morgan OBE, The Way has received significant backing from the local community with 26 businesses stepping forward to support the facility’s ongoing running costs. The Youth Zone has also attracted the attention of high profile celebrities including, world-renowned rock star Robert Plant, football legend Steve Ball MBE and global superstar Liam Payne. As a strategic partner, Wolverhampton City Council has also championed the project from the beginning providing vital investment towards both the construction and running costs, to help make the Youth Zone a reality for all its young people.
John Gough, Chairman of The Way Youth Zone, said: “The Way is the culmination of a lot of hard work which began in 2011. At 11:30am on Saturday 16th January 2016, The Way opened its doors and became the first Youth Zone in the Midlands. The Way is an incredible asset, which is being used by thousands of young people from all over Wolverhampton and the surrounding areas. It is important that we continue to help young people achieve their dreams, aspirations and realise their full potential.”
The Way Youth Zone came 4th in the National Lottery Awards beating over 600 other organisations to reach the final, volunteers from The Way won a Wolverhampton Council Volunteering Award and the building itself has won Best Public Building in the regional LABC Awards.
Cheryl Garvey, CEO at The Way Youth Zone, said: “The Way has received such incredible support from right across the city of Wolverhampton, bringing together the private sector, public sector and local community on a scale that hasn’t been done before.”
On Monday 16th January, we will be travelling around Wolverhampton thanking some of our local supporters with a bit of birthday cake and a little gift. On Wednesday 18th January, we will be hosting an Inspiring Women Event to celebrate the launch of a new programme to support girls and young women. On Friday 20th January, our music room reopens with a beautiful piece of graffiti art our young people have painted. The Way Youth Zone’s First Birthday Party is happening on Saturday 21st January where we will be burying a time capsule which won’t be opened again until Saturday 21st January 2067.
The Way Youth Zone will continue to provide fun activities for young people from all over Wolverhampton. To find out more about The Way Youth Zone go to thewayyouthzone.org
Youth Zone in numbers:
- 4,578 young people come to The Way Youth Zone from all over Wolverhampton.
- 13% of the young people who come to The Way are disabled or have an additional needs.
- 58,000 visits by young people
- 224 volunteers have given over 15,300 hours of their time to The Way Youth Zone. That’s saved the charity over £118,000.
- 60 jobs have been created