The housebuilder, via its national charity The Redrow Foundation, has now given a total of £75,000 to state of the art youth centre The Factory Youth Zone in North Manchester. The latest gift of £25,000 adds to £50,000 given in two earlier tranches.
The additional money will be used to fund a performing arts programme focusing on ‘at risk’ young people and helping them to express themselves creatively using a range of mediums including dance, drama and music.
Paul Bird, chief executive of The Factory, said: “The last couple of years have seen us take massive steps in establishing The Factory as the number one provision for young people in Manchester, something which wouldn’t have been possible without the support of The Redrow Foundation. We have developed and introduced a wide range of activities and initiatives which have helped drive membership numbers towards the 2,300 mark, with average weekly visits approaching 1,500.
“As a charity we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses so we are delighted that the Redrow Foundation has been able to support The Factory Youth Zone as a founder patron since we opened our doors in 2012.
“The Factory is a place where young people aged eight to 21 (25 with additional needs) are supported to fulfil their potential and make positive choices so they can lead happy, healthy lives, and the partnership with The Redrow Foundation has helped us achieve this ambition.”
Some of the first £50,000 Redrow donated went towards enabling The Factory to develop an ‘inclusion group’ programme. This allows young people with disabilities to take part in the centre’s regular sessions, ensuring that they can enjoy all the activities on offer and benefit from the support of specially trained staff.
The ‘employability programme’ was next to benefit and has seen a number of young people placed into employment in recent months with organisations such as Transpennine Express and Sky Trac. Several more are undergoing training in areas such as CV writing, interview skills, job searching and confidence-building workshops with a view to finding employment.
Claire Jarvis, sales director for Redrow Homes (Lancashire), added: “The Factory Youth Zone carries out amazing work for young people in Manchester and we’re very proud to be supporting it. Redrow is keen to get involved with the communities in which we build and we know the money donated will be put to fantastic use and local people will benefit hugely.”
Redrow has provided up to 400 new homes in Moston and Harpurhey on sites previously cleared of housing. Named ‘Residential Scheme of the Year’ at the 2014 Insider North West Property Awards, the project continues apace with two, three and four bedroom homes currently being built at Hanson and Woodville Gardens.
Redrow has also invested almost £400,000 in highway improvements in the neighbourhood; resurfacing roads, replacing footpaths and installing traffic calming measures at key junctions.