Building a future for youth in North Manchester
The Factory Youth Zone in Rochdale Road, Harpurhey, has been awarded £25,000 a year for three years by The Redrow Foundation.
The youth facility opened in February to provide a range of sporting, recreational and entertainment opportunities for local young people.
Development manager Clare Griffiths explained: “Our aim is to provide the widest possible range of exciting, positive activities and opportunities for anyone aged eight to 21. Our focus is engaging with those who are vulnerable, disadvantaged or otherwise hard to reach and the support from the Redrow Foundation will enable us to do just that. We’re extremely grateful for the Foundation’s generous support.”
Facilities at the Factory Youth Zone include a sports hall, climbing wall, dance studio, media room, cafe and chill out area, cinema space, fitness suite, arts and crafts area, changing facilities and showers plus an external five-a-side football pitch.
Keith Collard, construction director for Redrow Homes (Lancashire), who are currently regenerating several sites in the Moston and Harpurhey areas to create 450 new homes, commented: “Our business is building new homes and creating communities. We also like to get involved in existing communities in the areas where we build.. The Factory Youth Zone is a fantastic resource for the young people of North Manchester and we’re delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause.”
The Redrow Foundation is the national charity of housebuilder Redrow Homes, 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 almost £400,000 to a wide variety of good causes.
To find out more about the Factory Youth Zone log on to thefactoryyz.org, or like the Facebook page facebook.com/thefactoryyz.
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 and 2012; collected the Gold award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2011 What House? awards; and its ‘Our Pride ~ Your Joy’ campaign was named best marketing initiative at the 2011Housebuilder Awards for innovation and excellence. Web:www.redrow.co.uk.