BUILDING work has begun on the West Lancashire Youth Zone.
The £2m Skelmersdale-based youth zone is part of a Lancashire County Council initiative to upgrade facilities for young people across the county.
At an official ceremony last Thursday, young people who have been involved in developing the zone’s plans dug out the first clump of earth.
The youth zone will open in early 2015 for a minimum of five nights a week and offer a wide range of activities and opportunities for young people to get together in a safe and fun environment.
It will feature a multi-purpose hall, internet café, kitchen, space for group work and private sessions, studio and performance workshop areas for arts, music and drama, and an outdoor multi-use games area.
Matthew Tomlinson, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for young people and schools, said: “Young people in Lancashire are already starting to benefit from our pioneering approach for providing youth work. Under our youth zone model, key centres are located in areas of most need.
“As well as the key centres, we’re providing ‘satellite’ services across the rest of the district for young people who might struggle to get to the youth zone itself.
“In addition to offering positive activities, the youth zones will also be a base for services giving early support to vulnerable young people.
“I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard on developing the plans for the West Lancashire Youth Zone. Young people in particular have made an invaluable contribution and have put forward loads of great ideas which we’ve been able to include in the design.”
Brogan Stott, 17, who as been closely involved in the planning for the zone, said: “The new zone is going to be a fantastic opportunity for young people to become involved with activities in and around their local area. We’re all very excited for when it opens and hope it is a huge success.”