Andy Carter MP has met with some of the first young people to use the new Youth Zone, as the brilliant new facility next to Warrington Central Station prepares for an official launch. On a visit earlier this week, the Warrington South MP met some of the first children to get to spend time at the Youth Zone, taking part in the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme, which provides support to children on free school meals through school holiday periods.
The centre will be open to more young people in the coming days and will offer activities 7 days a week for just 50p per visit, giving young people aged 7-19 (and up to 25 for those with additional needs) a safe place to socialise, exercise, develop new skills and have fun.
Touring the building with Warrington Youth Club CEO Dave McNicholl, Andy also met with many of the newly recruited staff before chatting to some of the young people visiting for the first time.
Andy Carter MP said: “Every young person I’ve spoken to here at the Youth Zone today thinks this is such a brilliant place, so good they don’t want to go home at the end of the day.
“Seeing the outline sketches, being invited to the ground breaking, touring the site while construction was underway and now meeting the kids who are the very purpose of the Youth Zone - it feels like we’ve all come on an incredible journey. The range of activities this centre offers are endless: a rooftop football pitch, climbing wall, podcast studio, arts and crafts, drum kits, cooking, basketball courts and so much more!
“This is an incredibly exciting project helping to strengthen young people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. It was great to meet some of the dedicated, hard-working staff who are making the place come together and the patrons who’ve helped financially to bring a vision to reality. I’m so pleased we have such a brilliant place for kids in Warrington to be able to get stuck in when the Youth Zone is fully up and running.”
More information on the Youth Zone can be found here: https://warringtonyouthzone.org/