Dalston youngsters to benefit from five new centres
By poppy_smith | Thursday, November 01, 2012, 20:55
A week-long celebration, to mark the official opening of
five new Young Hackney centres, began at the Forest Road centre in Dalston on
Saturday, with hundreds of families and young people dropping in to find out
what it has to offer.
The centres cost around £6.5m and
were funded through the myplace initiative and Hackney Council. The launch
festival continues throughout the half term break, with each of the centres
offering taster sessions.
A group of young people helped to
put the funding bid together and went on to help design the centres. In their
bid they said they wanted:
To get young people off street corners and into clubs
To change the negative perceptions that people have of
Hackney and young people within the borough
To achieve a mind shift in young people, to convince them
there's more than one path in life
Each centre has its own
speciality, to enable young people to nurture their talents. Hoxton Hall, in
Shoreditch focuses on the arts; Concorde, in Homerton, specialises in sports;
Woodberry Down is a specialist enterprise centre; and the Stoke Newington
centre, in Milton
Gardens, focuses on IT
and media. The Forest Road
centre will provide a home for youth leadership in the borough, becoming a base
for the Youth Parliament, Youth Inspection Team and Youth Volunteering
Cllr Rita Krishna, Cabinet Member
for Children's Services, said: "This is a really important project for us;
investing in our young people is a priority for Hackney so I'm proud that we're
able to do that in such an exciting way, giving them a place to spend time
together, learn new skills, and the great sporting opportunities form a key
part of our Olympic legacy.
"This week is just a taster
of what's to come; there's something for everyone so there's absolutely no
excuse for young people in Hackney to say they're bored anymore!"
The centres aim to be safe and
welcoming places for young people to go where they can access a full programme
of high quality, structured youth activities throughout the week, including:
sports, media, arts and drama, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, cooking, and job
and life skills. Health and wellbeing advice will also be available.
Information, advice and guidance will be delivered by the Council, local
voluntary groups and partner agencies.
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