New centre at Leverhulme Park 

Guests at the opening of the centre
Kadie-Leigh Lord (aged 8), Councillor John Byrne, Mayor of Bolton, and Dominic Rice, Community Play Development Officer, at the opening of Leverhulme Park Young People’s Centre.

Saturday (December 11) saw the opening of a new centre for Leverhulme Park’s young people.

Leverhulme Park Young People’s Centre was officially opened by the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor John Byrne, at a free, winter-themed event. Activities on the day for young people to enjoy ranged from a climbing wall and arts and crafts, to jewellery and badge making.

Visitors were also treated to a tour of the new centre and had the opportunity to discuss with staff the kind of activities they would like to see take place there.

The new, purpose-built centre, which replaced an unused old youth club in a state of disrepair, was constructed after consultation with local young people and the community.

The new centre provides a safe, welcoming and fun place for young people aged 10 to 18 to take part in activities, access advice or relax with friends.

The building will be used by Bolton St Catherine’s Academy in term time, a kids club in school holidays, and will provide between 10 and 13 activity sessions throughout the year.

Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Ebrahim Adia, said: “The new facility is fantastic, and will provide a great place for young people in Leverhulme to take part in activities or just relax with their friends in a modern, purpose-built building.

“It will be used by the academy students, younger children at the kids club, and teenagers throughout year, meaning that the centre will really be used to its full potential.”

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