New youth centre opens

Young people at The Meadows Centre on Ridyard Street
Young people at The Meadows Centre on Ridyard Street

A RUN-down building that previously blighted the Wigan landscape has been turned into a state-of-the-art youth facility.

The Meadows Centre in Worsley Hall is a safe and comfortable environment where young people can meet, complete with the latest gaming gadgets.

The dream began with £452,000 from the Youth Capital Fund to provide positive activities for young people.

Further Government and local funding was then secured to start the work to transform the Ridyard Street centre.

The success of the new centre has been down to the Meadows Steering Group, young people who have worked hard to achieve the best facility for young people in the local area.

They have been involved in every aspect from applying for grants and consulting with architects, to picking furniture and organising the opening event.

Coun Sue Loudon, cabinet champion for children and young people, attended a special opening event.

She said: “I became involved right at the beginning of this project when we were looking at a dirty run down building and thinking about what we could do with it. To see it open and full of people means so much.”

The centre now has a fully refurbished kitchen, lounge areas and games rooms, complete with the latest consoles and gaming chairs.

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez cut the ribbon to declare the centre open.

He said: “You come in and you feel that pride from all the young people involved.

“They should be proud and very happy with themselves and I would like to say a huge well done to everyone involved.

“It is going to be a place where young people can make their dreams come true.”

The centre will be managed by Wigan Council’s Youth Service but used by the whole community.