A youth centre based in Bramhall has received vital funding that will help it to continue to provide a safe space for children aged between 10 and 18.
The Millennium Youth Centre, also known as The Mill, has received £1000 from Redrow’s Woodford community fund that will be used towards ongoing costs such as the employment of two youth workers and rent and utility costs.
The centre, that opened in the year 2000, provides a safe environment and a positive option for young people to spend their time where they can socialise and play a variety of games.
Its two part-time youth workers, Ian Watson and Rosie Ratcliff, are there to not only oversee the centre but also mentor its members through school studies and school life and teach them new skills through a variety of workshops.
Chairman of trustees, Angela Rowley says The Mill works closely with Bramhall High School and local primary schools and they are also endorsed by Stockport Council and the local police who recognise the work done to reduce anti-social behaviour: “The Mill is one of a very few youth centres in the Stockport Borough. Despite us having to close our doors during the various lockdowns, we have worked hard to make the centre a safe yet controlled place our members can meet now restrictions have eased, with every Covid-19 precaution in place.
“Navigating school life can be difficult for some youngsters and this has been exacerbated with all the current restrictions in schools as a result of the pandemic so we hope we can provide some respite.”
The Mill is open every day after school and on Saturdays in the early afternoon and evening. The youth centre has a kitchen/ café area, two games rooms and a music room.
Simon Bennett, interim sales director at Redrow NW said: “Youth clubs have hugely positive impacts to teenagers in their local communities and this is one reason that we wanted to support The Mill. It’s on the doorstep of Woodford Garden Village so some of our teenage residents may find themselves using the club’s services. The past year or so has been something we’ve all had to navigate through but it’s great that The Mill is there for the teenage community in Woodford and Bramhall.”
Through its community fund, Redrow has shared £10,000 between eight local groups.
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To find out more about The Mill visit: themillbramhall.com