Youths get first look at zone

Wigan Youth Zone tour for some of the young people who will be using the facilities with site project manager Ian Thorpe and WYZ's Simon Baker far right
Wigan Youth Zone tour for some of the young people who will be using the facilities with site project manager Ian Thorpe and WYZ's Simon Baker far right
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IT is being built for them and they have played a key role in its establishment.

So it only seemed fair to give the young people at the heart of Wigan’s ambitious Youth Zone project a sneak preview of the complex.

Hard hats were donned as members of the boys and girls’ club’s young people’s development group - otherwise known as Talk, Listen Change (TLC) - were given a tour around the Parson’s Walk site.

Project manager Ian Thorpe and development manager Simon Baker were on hand to explain what will be going there once the multi-million-pound centre is complete at the turn of the year.

Mr Baker said: “It’s a real pleasure to show the guys and girls inside the Youth Zone for the first time. It’s crucial that we properly engage with local young people – not just a token gesture here or there – and the TLC group have been absolutely brilliant and have helped us enormously.

“I look forward to showing them round again towards the end of the year when the building is almost complete.”

Mr Baker added that it was vitally important that the views of young people be listened to and acted upon for the Youth Zone.

As a result the group have been meeting for the last two years to discuss and feedback on a variety of topics such as colour schemes, activities and engagement with young people across the borough .

TLC is also currently working on development of the WYZ brand and it is hoped that it will play a part in staff recruitment.

The group is a 50/50 split between males and females, and has members from all over the borough ranging in age from 14 to 21.