Children’s minister Beverley Hughes today announced the 41 youth centre projects awarded a share of a £180m fund designed to empower young people to shape their communities.
Bids for the myplace funding were developed by young people in the local areas the future youth centres will be in built in, while successful applications were chosen by a panel of young people.
Making the announcement in the youth arts centre Hoxton Hall, in Hackney, east London, which itself won £5m for a new development, Hughes said the government’s unprecedented investment will fund a new generation of places for young people to go to.
She told Community Care: “Today has been amazing and exhilarating; the projects deserve to win. This funding sends a strong statement when delivering young people’s services [to involve young people]. There are tremendous and varied examples of good practice.”
Each region in England has received myplace funding to support the design and construction of the new youth centres which aim to offer a mix of sporting and cultural activities as well as information services.