Exciting new youth hub at former hospital set for June opening

EXCITEMENT is building as work to create a state-of-the-art youth centre in Fleetwood is set to start in the New Year.

Earlier this year, Fleetwood Trust was awarded a £1m grant from the Youth Investment Fund to create The Youth Hub at the former Fleetwood Hospital on Pharos Street as part of the charity’s wider plans to breathe life into the aging building.

The trust is working in partnership with a number of local organisations, such as the NHS, Blackpool & Fylde College, The Pantry Food Bank, Regenda Homes, Healthier Fleetwood, Macmillan Cancer Support and Blackpool, Fylde, and Wyre Volunteer Centre, to create a central hub which provides a range of services under one roof for the benefit of the wider community.

A CGI image of what is planned for The Youth Hub in Fleetwood.

Charley Wilkinson, the Chief Executive of Fleetwood Trust, this week revealed that The Youth Hub is expected to be open by June 2024 after it was confirmed work to create a separate entrance, and completely renovate the area, is due to start in January.

“The Youth Hub is an integral part of Fleetwood Trust’s ambitions to improve the area we live and work in, and we are extremely excited that the project is progressing and we can open up the area to young people from June next year”, said Charley.

“Offering a safe and engaging place for young people to meet with others and have fun, and generally improve their health and wellbeing, is high on the trust’s priority list so to be in a position where we are preparing for building work is really pleasing.

“A thriving and vibrant hub for young people is much-needed in Fleetwood, and we’re counting down the days until we can throw open the doors to this amazing new facility and deliver valuable services for young people across the area.”

Fleetwood Trust has formally submitted a planning application to Wyre Council to create a new entrance and replace the existing roof to The Youth Hub.

Fleetwood Trust Chief Executive Charley Wilkinson in the current Youth Hub building.

The work is essential to ensuring the young service users can gather in a safe, inviting environment, and is an area which young people want to visit.

Charley said: “What is paramount to this project is providing a space where young people can meet on a regular basis, and we want to make it as aesthetically pleasing as possible so the young people enjoy spending time here.

“We asked the young people themselves what they would like to see created and they requested a separate entrance so they felt like this area belonged to them, and we’re happy to oblige and provide something which they feel is a facility tailored to their interests.”

The Youth Hub is the next development in Fleetwood Trust’s ongoing The Hub project, in partnership with The Prince’s Foundation.

Already, The Hub operates a food bank, cancer support, education courses for college students, NHS services and a base for a housing association.

The next stages of the development are due to be revealed in the coming months.

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