New Youth Hub for Blaenavon

Blaenavon’s Neon Youth club is ready to launch a new youth hub for Blaenavon after being successful in gaining over £230,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. The three year project, based at the Doorway facility on Broad Street will provide services for over 600 young people over the next three years. The project, in addition to providing youth based activity, will provide Job Clubs, training and qualifications for those young people furthest from the job market. The project, a partnership led by the Neon and involving many partners including Torfaen Youth Service, Gwent Police, World Heritage Youth Ambassadors and many more.

The project will also provide work placements for youth work undergraduates and volunteers, provide a healthy café with healthy cooking and eating, and provide a multimedia suite providing digital and creative skills. Dan Oliver, project lead said “The new youth hub will engage young people and local community, and have increased positivity about their future prospects due to the increased ability of joined-up statutory and voluntary services working together to deliver a bigger range of social and structured activity and support for young people and the community”

The Neon Youth Club has been supported by many funders over the last 6 years, with delivery being focused on youth activity and empowerment, lately some of the support has come from Blaenavon Town Council with Blaenavon Mayor, Councillor Alan Jones, saying “The Town Council is very pleased that the quality proposal put forward has been funded, by The Big Lottery Fund we have supported Dan, the team and the Neon’s efforts on a small budget for the last few years, building to what I’m sure will be a successful and vibrant offer to the young people in the town, I hope also that the residents of the town see the benefits in investing in local young people’s leisure time and their skills”

Posted on: Tuesday 7th March 2017