New youth service hub opens in Rotherham

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The new base for Rotherham’s youth services has been officially opened in the town.

It was unveiled on Moorgate Street on Thursday as the hub for the town’s youth services provision.

The Eric Manns Building now hosts the town’s Youth Service, Youth Offending Service and Connexions Service as well as the Youth Start Advice Information and Counselling Service.

There is also space available for organisations from the voluntary and community sectors who work with young people.

Coun Mahroof Hussain, cabinet member for communities and cohesion for Rotherham Council, said it was an exciting time for young people across Rotherham.

“The Hub is the catalyst of this great new service and demonstrates how much youth provision has moved on with the needs of our young people.

“Together with our partners from the voluntary sector, the council’s Integrated Youth Support Service aims to do everything it can to help the personal and social development of our young people.

“Activities and opportunities will be available to all young people as well as the offer of vital support when it is needed.

“Despite the cuts facing the authority, we believe that Rotherham has a brilliant service - for its young people, which can be accessed on the streets through the mobile units, and across a number of Integrated Youth Support Centres right across the borough.”

Coun Hussain added: “Thanks to the authority and the voluntary sector, the Hub will be the central youth support core and of course, we must not forget the marvellous £3.5 million MyPlace project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.”