Warrington Youth Club has now hosted its last sessions at the Peace Centre as we prepare to move into our new home, Warrington Youth Zone, in 2022.
The charity, which has been based at the Great Sankey centre for over 20 years and it has provided tens of thousands of young people from the town with access to activities and support.
In 2009, plans were announced for the Youth Club to join the OnSide network which would eventually see the development of a state-of-the-art Youth Zone, similar to 13 others across the UK.
Today Youth Club bosses are paying tribute to all at The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation for its support and friendship. The two organisations have also collaborated on a number of projects with the Foundation also linking up with other Youth Zones.
Warrington Youth Club CEO Dave McNicholl said: “The Peace Centre is an outstanding place. It hasn’t just been a building for us to deliver our services for over 20 years, it has been a home and a safe, inclusive environment for so many young people from Warrington.
“That is down to the culture for the incredible Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation which has done the most amazing work. Together we’ve been able to enhance and transform so many young lives and I want to thank every single person involved, especially Colin and Wendy Parry. The impact your charity has had on so many people is, quite simply, immeasurable.”
As well as providing young people with a safe space to take part in a wide range of activities, the Peace Centre has enabled the Youth Club to deliver programmes such as Buddy Up and NCS.
The final sessions took place before Christmas as staff prepare to move into the Youth Zone in the coming weeks. While the charity will continue some of its targeted services, its universal provision and sessions will not resume until the Youth Zone opens in the Spring.
Mr McNicholl added: “We will be in touch with young people with our opening plans and we can’t wait to invite them down to Warrington Youth Zone.”
For more information on Warrington Youth Zone, visit www.warringtonyouthzone.org.