Hundreds of young people in the Partington area will soon be getting a new state-of-the-art youth centre.
Trafford Council handed over the centre on Moss Lane Road, Partington, to the Greater Manchester Youth Federation for use as a local youth centre.
The charity is now working with a team of builders to convert the 11,000sq ft building into an area specially designed for 10 to 18 year olds containing a dance area, art and creative space, digital suite, homework room, a chill out zone and Duke of Edinburgh preparation room.
There will also be a farmhouse-style kitchen, snooker room and biking hub for the 200 plus children to use.
The Greater Manchester Youth Federation, a registered charity, will rent the building on a minimal fee from Trafford Council but will spend £500,000 on the large-scale interior work.
The centre is expected to be open in August 2022.
“We are honoured and very excited to have taken ownership of the youth centre on a long lease from Trafford Council,” said Karen Wilson, Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Youth Federation.
“We are proud to be helping young people in this area of Trafford and we cannot wait for the centre to open – it’s going to be amazing.
“Young people need places like this to go and enjoy themselves.
“We are also planning to open this up to the community during the day.
“We have employed a senior youth worker to help run the centre and will employ others to help out as well.
“But we are a registered charity and will need all the help we can get.”
Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods, said: “This project is absolutely superb and I thank and salute all those who were involved in setting it up.
“Our communities are extremely important to us and we need to do everything we possibly can to help them.
“This new centre in Partington is proof of what can happen when Trafford Council and its partners come together with a vision to help the local community.
“The facility will be there for many many years to come and will help generations of young people.”
Greater Manchester Youth Federation, whose motto is ‘Supporting aspiration, creating opportunities’, aims to deliver programmes of recreational and educational opportunities to young people, volunteers and leaders to help them reach their full potential.
The Federation is reaching out to potential volunteers and those who can help financially. They are also on the lookout for a large wooden kitchen table for Partington. If you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.