The Factory Youth Zone in Rochdale Road, Harpurhey, has been awarded £25,000 a year for three years by The Redrow Foundation.
The second instalment was made when Claire Jarvis and Keith Collard from Redrow Homes (Lancashire) visited the centre to find out more about its facilities and services and how the funding is being used.
Claire, sales director for Redrow Homes (Lancashire), said: “The Factory Youth Zone provides an excellent facility for the young people of North Manchester and we are only too happy to help support its good work. It was a pleasure to visit the centre and see first-hand the activities available. We hope that the children of our homeowners in the area will be frequent visitors to The Factory Youth Zone as it’s only a short journey away from our Hanson Gardens, Kenyon Gardens and Woodville Gardens developments.”
The Factory Youth Zone has more than 2,200 registered members with an average weekly attendance of 1,300.
A range of services and activities are offered including mentoring, an employability programme to prepare young people for work, sports, expressive and creative arts.
Funding from the Redrow Foundation has enabled the centre to develop an inclusion group for those with additional needs.
The Factory Youth Zone finance and grants manager Joanne Tomlinson explains: “Over the last year we’ve welcomed almost 150 young people with additional needs to The Factory Youth Zone. Their needs have included behavioural issues, physical disabilities and learning differences, but with the support of specially trained staff they have been able to integrate with other young people and enjoy all the regular sessions we offer.
“Thanks to The Redrow Foundation they have taken part in a variety of activities including art, karaoke, cooking and baking sessions, and various sports. We’re grateful for the generous ongoing support from The Redrow Foundation as it means we can continue to provide support services and inspirational facilities to the young people of North Manchester.”
The Redrow Foundation is a national charity, founded by the housebuilder Redrow, which builds new homes across England and Wales. It provides financial support for the relief of poverty and sickness in the UK and, in particular, to provide accommodation and related assistance, including respite care, especially to children, the elderly and those who are sick or infirm. To date it has contributed circa £450,000 to a wide variety of good causes. For more information see www.redrowplc.co.uk.
To find out more about The Factory Youth Zone and the support and activities available, visit the website www.thefactoryyz.org.
Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its New Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. Established more than 35 years, the company has won numerous awards over the years. Redrow received a 5* Award in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011, 2012 and 2013; collected the Silver award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2012 What House? awards; and its ‘Share a little bit of joy’ campaign was named best marketing initiative at the 2012 Housebuilder Awards. Web: www.redrow.co.uk.