A NEW multi-million centre for young people in Rotherham is now open - with the aim of reducing levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in the town.
The £3.4 million MyPlace centre has been built next to St Ann’s roundabout in the town centre and offers a variety of top class facilities designed to keep young people aged 11 to 19 busy.
The development is part of a national initiative and the project has been led locally by the Chantry YMCA, Rotherham Council and other agencies.
The ‘youth hub’ has a graffiti art room, an IT suite, a cinema, a performance hall and a rooftop café.
It will also act as a base for agencies working with teenagers.
Coun Mahroof Hussain, Rotherham Council’s spokesman on youth issues said: “This project is the flagship for the future of services for young people and what has been achieved is amazing.
“This is another example of groups in Rotherham coming together to create a new venture which will help meet the needs and aspirations of young people and it will be fantastic to see it full of young people.”
David Sargent, from Chantry YMCA, said: “The MyPlace project has given a powerful voice to young people in Rotherham.
“This centre is a very real expression of what young people have described as their wish for their own dedicated facilities in the town and the partnership has worked hard to meet their expectations.”
The project is funded through The Big Lottery Fund and was developed on behalf of the Department for Education.
MyPlace nationally aims to deliver world-class youth facilities driven by the active participation of young people and their views and needs. It has funded 70 projects across England worth £270 million.