The new My Place youth centre in Longbridge held its official opening ceremony on Friday.

The centre, named The Factory in honour of the ex-Austin / MG Rover site on which it stands, has been open throughout the summer, providing services to young people. The centre is one of two opened this year in Birmingham and Head of Youth Services at Birmingham City Council Harry Fowler described it as: “more than just a traditional youth club.”

During the official launch, Mr Fowler thanked partners St Modwen, Turner Townsend, Associated Architects, Morgan Sindall and The Big Lottery Fund. He offered special thanks to council Youth Service employee Mark Shaw and the young people who have been involved in the planning of the centre since its conception. He thanked the Young People’s Forum members for their “invaluable contribution” and added that they had brought “intelligence, creativity and common sense” to the project.

Five young people from the forum spoke briefly to offer thanks and describe what the project had meant to them, before Northfield MP Richard Burden spoke and performed a ribbon cutting to symbolise the official opening of the centre.

The centre caters for young people aged 11 to 19 throughout the south Birmingham area. Facilities include a music studio, state of the art computer suite, dance studio, sports hall, outdoor multi-use games area, kitchen area, and meeting and conference rooms.

Besides providing a safe environment for young people to meet and socialise, there are many organised activities including sports, dance and music sessions. Dance sessions are run by Victoria Lightfoot. Music group is run by Tony Guice and, in partnership with South & City College, participants can work towards qualifications including events management, performance skills and audio production (Call Tony on 464 8850 for more info.)

(List of current activities follows the photo gallery below)

Opening event: click for larger images

Activities (May be subject to change – call 0121 464 8850 to check times)

Mondays

6.30-8.15pm Modern & Acrobatic Dance Age: 11+ Cost £5

7-9pm Music Group Ages: 11-19 Cost: £1

Tuesdays

6-8pm Girls Group Ages: 11-16 Cost: £1

6-7pm Austin Boys FC (Members only) Under 13s To join or for info call Chris or Ann 628 5301 / 07921 846724

Wednesdays

4.30-7.30pm Ballet and Tap Dancing Ages: 3-10+ (Different time slots for different age groups) Cost £3 Call Victoria for info 07517 470346

6-7pm Netball Years 6, 7, 8 Members only Call Vicki 07813 016957

7-9pm Netball 13-adult (As above)

Thursdays

6-7pm Breakdancing Ages: 7+ Cost: £3 (NB: Starts Jan 2013)

7-9pm Open access youth club Age: 11-19 Cost: £1

7-8.30pm Multi sports activities (From 1/11/12 for 8 weeks) Ages: 14-21 Cost: Free (Call 07916 305131 or email hannah@unitedindance.co.uk for info)

Fridays

4.30-6.30 Modern and acrobatic dance Ages: 4-11 Cost: £5

5-6pm Netball (From 2/11/12 for 8 weeks) Ages: 14-19 (girls) Cost: Free (Call 07916 305131 or email hannah@unitedindance.co.uk for info)

6-9pm ‘Kicks’ open access football Ages: 11+ Cost: Free

7-9pm Duke of Edinburgh Award Ages: 14-19 Cost: £1

Saturdays

10am-3pm Skateboarding Ages: 11+ Cost: £1

(For enquiries relating to dance sessions call Victoria Lightfoot on 07517 470 346)

The centre also offers a range of advice services for young people, including sexual health, housing, debt and benefits, employment and training and more. Ask at reception for a timetable of advice sessions.

Many of the facilities are also available to hire.

For more information on any of the services and facilities offered call 0121 464 8850 or email hello@thefactory.org.uk

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