Crewe Youth Zone has been awarded a £6.4million Youth Investment Fund grant to build the new state-of-the-art youth centre.
This means that the Youth Zone, which will be run as a new local charity once opened, has secured all of its building costs and will now focus on fundraising the remainder of its annual running costs.
Subject to plans being approved, the Youth Zone is expected to open in spring 2025 and is propsoed to be built on the Oak Street Car Park to the south of the town centre.
It will provide thousands of young people with opportunities to engage in activities and access support from skilled youth workers, helping them to develop their skills and reach their full potential.
OnSide is delivering Crewe Youth Zone in partnership with Cheshire East Council and Crewe Town Board. Funding from the council and Crewe’s allocation from the government’s Towns Fund will also contribute towards construction costs.
Doug Kinsman, chair of Crewe Town Board, said: “This funding announcement is a really positive step forward in seeing these plans realised and delivers the balance of funding needed following the allocations by the Town Board and Cheshire East Council.
“The Youth Zone will give young people in the town and the wider borough access to a variety of activities and opportunities that will improve their health and wellbeing and support them into adulthood.
“It will also support the vibrancy of the town centre and provide more reasons for people to visit.”
Read more about this funding announcement here.