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Young people and staff help to transform the new Meadows garden in Worsley Hall
Young people and staff help to transform the new Meadows garden in Worsley Hall

A WIGAN youth centre called The Meadows now has a garden befitting thanks to help from Groundwork volunteers.

After weeks of work the run-down outdoor space at the Worsley Hall facility has been transformed into an oasis for young people and their workers to enjoy.

The project was delivered in partnership between Wigan Council youth workers, Groundwork staff and volunteers and young members of the Meadows Steering Group.

Those taking part in the project also gained an award from the National Citizenship Scheme for their efforts at the centre.

Wigan Council youth worker Janet Henry said: “The project has been about transforming what has been a very run-down garden into something that young people and the whole community can use every day.

“It has also been about showing that the young people from the area are willing to do something good for their community that everyone can now enjoy.”

The garden has been transformed from a large overgrown weed patch to an open space for barbeques and community events with garden furniture to match.

Meadows steering group member Adam Jones, 15, said: “The project has given me more confidence to work with others and to speak up for myself. It’s been a great experience.”

The project was also supported by Connexions and NHS workers.

The Meadows Youth facility itself is managed by Wigan Council’s Youth Services and is available for community use.

It can be hired from just £10 per hour to £70 for an entire day and evening, including staffing and refreshments.

Contact Simon Gregory on 01942 486111 or e-mail cypstm@wiganmbc.gov.uk to request an electronic booking form.