Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Eleanor and I moved on to meet John Paxton, who leads our Integrated Youth Support Service, and together we went to visit the new 'myplace' youth hub we are building in Belle Isle...

The Big Lottery Fund has helped us deliver 'myplace' on behalf of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). 'myplace' aims to deliver world class youth facilities driven by the active participation of young people and their views and needs. 'myplace' has funded 70 projects across England and you can learn more about the projects funded by visiting the myplace news section. It is a brilliant addition to the landscape in this bit of South Leeds and will provide us with a wonderful opportunity to reach and serve young people. Interestingly, young people have helped John and his colleagues create this new building which includes garage facilities, a hair and beauty salon, social spaces ans sports facilities. John and his colleagues vision, ambition, and driveworking with Wates, the construction company, has delivered a world class place for young people to go to in Belle Isle. It will offer young people the widest possible range of high quality activities and co-located support services and enable young people to lead, to plan and to deliver dedicated youth projects driven by their views and needs.

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