Taking inspiration from the numerous youth areas dotted around the country, Wolverhampton City Council wanted to provide something similar for their city, and The Way Youth Zone opened its doors on Saturday 16thJanuary 2016.
They provide an area where youths (aged 8 to 19, though up to 25 with a disability) can go to do something both meaningful and enjoyable. The charity’s £5.5m centre in Wolverhampton includes a 3G outdoor pitch and an indoor climbing wall, and they host over 20 different activities every night.
The Way have over 3000 members and 120 visits a week, and patrons include FBC Manby Bowdler, Jaguar Land Rover and Redrow. Wolverhampton City Council remain strong supporters. It is the likes of these who have helped cover the initial capital, but the charity now rely on support from local businesses and individuals to continue to operate.