Community Foundation for Cheshire
Onside North West
OnSide Youth Zones is a registered charity that facilitates the development and delivery of world class Youth Zones, which are a vital resource for young people. Our vision is to provide every town and city in the UK with quality, safe and affordable facilities for young people.
OnSide was established in 2008. The charity was the creation of Bill Holroyd CBE, former Chair of Bolton Lads and Girls Club (BLGC) and Jerry Glover MBE who had been the Chief Executive at BLGC for 32 years. During his tenure as Chair, Bill realised that other towns and cities would clearly benefit from a first class facility like Bolton. It was this vision and Bill’s passion for helping young people that inspired him to launch OnSide and spearhead the roll-out of the Youth Zone ‘model’ across the North West region.
To date, OnSide has successfully designed, built and resourced five Youth Zones. The Youth Zones are located in areas specifically selected for their geographical location and strategic reach into disadvantaged communities. The original Bolton Lads & Girls Club (BLGC) has now been joined by the Youth Zones located in Blackburn, Carlisle, Manchester, Oldham and Wigan – strengthening provision for young people across the North West.
OnSide’s plan is to replicate the Youth Zone model as part of a long term goal to open 20 Youth Zones by 2020 nationally. Wirral and Wolverhampton are planned to open in 16 with further facilities to follow in Warrington, Chorley and Preston. In addition OnSide is currently actively looking at Youth Zone sites in the North East, Chester and across London.
For more information please visit: http://www.onsideyouthzones.org/