Archbishop of York opens New Youth Centre in West Hull
Monday 10th September 2012Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, will visit the new Network Young Peoples’ Centre in Massey Street, West Hull on 4 October 2012 at 3.00pm.
He will unveil a plaque and plant a tree to mark the special relationship existing since 1999 between the church of St John the Baptist, Newington, Hull and the Hessle Road Network, a local community organisation
The new £1million facility known as Network Young People’s Centre (NYPC) which connects to St John’s Church replaces the church hall and currently serves the needs of over 1,000 young people.
Local community organisation, Hessle Road Network, manage the new facility, which provides daytime alternative learning services and evening activities for 9 to 21 year olds, as well as offering information and mentoring services with outreach and detached work in the area. The centre also provides facilities and meeting rooms for St John’s Church. NYPC also hosts a number of community events.
The facility comprises a large, glass roofed café area, with youth training and general activity space, including media and arts/craft area, sports area and external stage/performance space and urban allotments.
The Network Young People’s Centre has been developed by Hessle Road Network in partnership with St. John’s Church, Hull Forward and Hull City Council.
Over £1million has been raised to cover construction costs. Major funders include the Youth Capital Fund Plus (Department for Education funding administered by Hull City Council), Hull Forward, Hull City Council, Hull Primary Care Trust, Biffa and rugby charity, Wooden Spoon.
Michael Hills, Chair of Hessle Road Network said, “This superb new youth centre is the culmination of eight years of hard work by local people and with the generous commitment of St John’s Church. The Centre is already proving much needed support to hundreds of young people.”
The Rev’d Tony Cotson, vicar of St John’s Church said, “We are delighted to be partners in this exciting project which makes such a valuable contribution to the lives of young people and our wider community.”
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said, “We give thanks for the work of all those involved in building this new Youth Centre for the young people of West Hull. I am looking forward to meeting the Youth Workers and staff. I pray that these young disciples will find encouragement, build friendships and flourish at this Network Young People’s Centre. Hallelujah!”
For further information, please contact Julie Robinson at Hessle Road Network 01482 606077.