Housing association L&Q is helping to build a brighter future for Barking and Dagenham’s young people by becoming the latest Founder Patron of Future Youth Zone.
With funding from L&Q, Future will open next year, giving young people between eight and 19 (and up to 25 with additional needs) somewhere safe and affordable to go with many inspiring activities on offer and a team of dedicated youth workers, staff and volunteers.
Facilities and activities include sports in the four-court Sports Hall, gym, martial arts room and 3G kick pitch, music, art, drama, cookery, a giant climbing wall, enterprise and employability opportunities and much more.
In total £6.5million was raised for the construction of the building, including £3million from Barking and Dagenham Council. OnSide is now focused on raising funds for the Youth Zone’s annual running costs and is building an army of Founder Patrons.
Matt Corbett, Director of the L&Q Foundation said: “We are delighted to support a Youth Zone opening in one of our local communities, which gives young people the opportunity to learn and grow in a fun nurturing environment.
The L&Q Foundation is committed to investing in projects like this and its through partnerships with likeminded organisations like Onside that we are ableto deliver greater charitable outcomes for our residents and the local community.”
OnSide’s Project Director Jamie Masraff said: “This fantastic contribution will help change the lives of young people right across London. Our Founder Patrons are so important as they contribute to the day-to-day running costs of our Youth Zones and without them, we simply would not be able to open our doors so we want to say a huge thank-you to L&Q for this wonderful investment.”