Greenmount Projects has donated a 40 foot portacabin worth over £5000 to support the running of Targeted Youth Support Services led by Wigan Council, at Wigan Youth Zone.
The Targeted Youth Support Services is a provision that allows young people to achieve their potential, be more confident and resilient and have a strong support network to help them make positive changes to their lives. It is a vital, and significantly impactful, service to the young people who attend.
At the outset of the pandemic, there was a significant risk to the continuity of the service as there was nowhere for Wigan Council to work with the young people which was a risk due to the vulnerability of the service users. Wigan Youth Zone provided a lifeline to the young people by offering Wigan Council utilisation of the building to continue their provision.
Over the past year the partnership between the Youth Zone and the Targeted Youth Support Services team has gone from strength to strength and therefore when Wigan Council were notified that they could not continue running a service from other sites on a long-term basis, Wigan Youth Zone contacted Greenmount Projects (a long-term supporter of the charity) to see if they could provide any support to create a long-term base for the service to continue in the grounds of the Youth Zone.
Both Wigan Youth Zone and Wigan Council were thrilled therefore when Mike Sharkey, Managing Director of Greenmount Projects, generously donated the portacabin which will be used to enable to the provision to continue.
The portacabin will be transformed into a workshop with fitted benches and storage for tools, all in aid to engage with challenging and hard-to-reach young people. The young people with challenging behaviours will undertake practical restorative activities such as building bird boxes and refurbishing community benches that will directly benefit the Wigan community.
Mike Sharkey, Managing Director of Greenmount Projects said:
“We as a company are always happy to engage with the youth zone and will continue to do so, as it serves the borough of Wigan and Leigh with fantastic facilities and staff who are committed to giving our young people life choices and guidance, to hopefully be our future generation of community leaders to keep our local culture and wellbeing at the heart of all they do.
Massive applause to an amazing community hub.”
Councillor Jenny Bullen, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said:
“Thank you so much to Mike Sharkey at Greenmount for their kind donation. The portacabin will provide a valuable space, as it will mean that our targeted youth support services will be able to work with even more children and young people, including those who have been involved in anti-social and offending behaviour. The portacabin will be used as a workshop room, where children and young people will develop new practical skills, such as building garden planters. These items may then be used as part of our carefully managed restorative justice process, to benefit people who have been victims of crime and local communities. The new workshop space will be an important asset for both children and young people and everyone who lives in Wigan Borough.”
Wigan Youth Zone relies on donations and support from business investments along with kind donations from the local community. Every donation goes towards helping the young people of Wigan and Leigh to discover a world of possibilities and create the future they deserve.
You too can donate to Wigan Youth Zone here: https://www.wiganyouthzone.org/donate/