£2.9m for super youth centre coming to Southend!

Great news from Southend YMCA

£2.9m for super youth centre coming to Southend!

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has successfully secured £2.9 million funding to build the first of a new generation of facilities for young people.

The 2.9m ‘myplace’ grant was awarded by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and will be used to build new state-of-the-art facilities for young people in Shoeburyness.

The new landmark building will include an informal contemporary restaurant with a professional kitchen, a garden and terrace area, a dance studio, gymnasium, large multi function sports hall with a climbing wall plus modern changing and shower facilities. Additionally, there will be an IT suite, a soundproofed music area offering rehearsal and recording facilities, a games room, a bike and motor vehicle workshop, a youth volunteering centre and office accommodation.

The high specification restaurant and kitchen will offer reasonably priced locally sourced seasonal food in an informal but stylish environment. The restaurant will be run as a Social Enterprise by the YMCA and will be used as a training kitchen and work place for vulnerable young people.

‘The new centre will allow young people to access information, advice and guidance services and provide facilities for positive evening and weekend activities.’

Syrie Cox, Chief Executive of Southend YMCA, says: ‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with Connexions to develop this new resource. The success of this funding bid is testament to the different organisations’ commitment to working collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes for young people.

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