Patchway Youth Centre re-opened with a bang

Grand opening of Patchway Youth Centre, Bristol.

Patchway Youth Centre was re-opened with a bang last month by Cllr Ian Boulton, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council.

The building, on Consiton Road, is now being run by Southern Brooks Community Partnership (SBCP), with financial support from South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) and Patchway Town Council.

Attended by scores of local residents, young people and councillors, the opening was preceded by speeches from Jack Lopresti MP, Police Inspector Bob Eveley, Tracy Allinson (SGC) and Cllr Sam Scott.

There were displays from centre users, including Patchway Judo Club and the Infinity streetdance group.

Many of the young people from Patchway who used to use the centre before it closed in April returned to meet the new youth workers and to see the new refurbishment for the first time.

SBCP  has secured funding for two creative project nights at the centre, which will be on a Tuesday and Friday evening. South Gloucestershire Council will continue to run two sessions of youth work a week – on Monday and Wednesday evenings. They have recently reviewed the way in which services for young people are delivered across the district and are keen to run open access sessions in addition to the creative activities provided by SBCP.

Patchway Town Council continues to fund both junior and detached work in Patchway through SBCP and are helping with running costs of the building.

Patchway Judo Club will continue to meet at the centre on Thursdays and Saturdays.

More photos from the opening night (courtesy of Treasure Box Photography 078169 39823).