Green light for new youth zone in Salford – Salford City Council | Candle Made Easy

A new partnership has been struck between Salford-born businessman Fred Done, Salford City Council and Manchester-based charity HideOut Youth Zone. With support from national youth charity OnSide, the partnership will use their combined experience and skills to dramatically expand opportunities for young people in Salford through the creation of a brand new Youth Zone.

Youth Zones are state-of-the-art spaces for young people, filled with incredible facilities and staffed by highly skilled youth workers who believe in young people and help them reach their potential.

The new youth zone, which will take over two years to develop, will be in the heart of Salford, close to Salford Crescent train station and Salford University. This is subject to further feasibility assessments and a formal planning consultation and application to take place later this year.

The Salford Youth Zone will be based on OnSide’s successful model, in which the charity has developed 14 similar Youth Zones across the country. There are currently five youth zones in Greater Manchester, HideOut youth zone in Gorton, Manchester youth zone in Harpurhey, Mahdlo youth zone in Oldham, Wigan youth zone and the Bolton Lads and Girls Club. Aimed at young people aged eight to 19, or up to 25 for those with additional needs, it will be open 7 days a week and support approximately 4,000 young people. Members have the opportunity to access over 20 activities each night, ranging from sports like football, boxing and climbing to the creative arts, music, theater and employability training – all for just 50p per visit and £5 annual membership.

In addition to the advanced facilities, trained youth workers and dedicated volunteers will be available 7 days a week to offer advice and support to enable Salford’s young people to thrive. The Youth Zone will create up to 70 full and part-time jobs and up to 100 volunteer opportunities.

Partnership work will be at the heart of the Salford Youth Zone, which will be an asset to the community by complementing and working alongside other local services that support young people in the area.

Fred Done, Salford City Council, Hideout Youth Zone and OnSide believe all young people should have the opportunity to discover their passion and purpose. They will develop the new, state-of-the-art, multi-million pound Salford Youth Zone through a unique partnership between young people and their communities, local authority and private business supporters. The Salford Youth Zone, which will bear the name and property of the young people of Salford, will partner with HideOut under a common charity umbrella to run activities and create new opportunities that support the young people of Salford and Manchester to find their improve life now and in the future.

Much of the upfront cost of building the new youth zone is being funded through the support of Fred Done and Salford City Council, with further funding being actively sought. Fred has previously supported HideOut Youth Zone and experienced firsthand the impact Youth Zones are having on the lives of local youth. He is now determined to offer young people from his hometown the opportunities and support that a Youth Zone brings.

Support is now being sought from local businesses, philanthropists and the local community to stand behind the project and collectively fund the remaining construction and operational costs of the youth zone development.

Salford-born businessman Fred Done said: “Having been born and raised in Salford, I know exactly how much young people in the area would benefit from the opportunities that a youth zone offers. I’ve had the pleasure of helping the HideOut Youth Zone in Gorton open its doors to thousands of local young people across Manchester and now it’s time to bring that to Salford and make a difference in the lives of many more .”

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “First of all a huge thank you to Fred Done for his generous donation, without which the delivery of a Youth Zone to Salford and further investment in youth services simply would not be possible.

“The young people of Pendleton and Salford rightly deserve to see this investment in state-of-the-art youth services on their doorstep in our great city, after years of cuts to youth services across the country and underfunding by national government of what should be statutory be achievements. The Youth Zone will offer so many services, experiences and activities in the area seven days a week that will help our young people fulfill their potential while providing a much needed environment for young people to come together, socialize, connect to amuse and above all to have fun !

“Today, at the Property and Regeneration Meeting (Monday 25 July), City Council agreed to fund the project with a contribution of £1.5m from the City Council’s capital budget, building on investments already made by City Council in integrated youth support services and has also made to demonstrate our commitment to youth ministry and young people in Salford.

“It is so fitting that Fred, who started his business in Pendleton in the 1960s, will make a difference for future generations in the area. We often say that ‘our young people are the future’, it’s great to see us demonstrate this at the handover of the first youth zone in Salford – I’m really looking forward to seeing the completion of the youth zone and meeting the young people who will take advantage of this fantastic facility including this one which will help shape their delivery.”

Councilor Cammell, Senior Member for Children and Youth Services at Salford City Council, said: “We are delighted to be working with partners to develop this new youth area. It will be a positive complement to other youth facilities and services in Salford. We want to ensure that young people have diverse opportunities for a successful future, that they are empowered to gain new experiences and skills, build their self-confidence and improve their health and well-being. The new center will also bring jobs and volunteering opportunities to the people of the city.”

The involvement of local young people in providing a vibrant facility for the youth zone will be crucial. A Young People’s Development Group will make several key decisions for the Youth Zone, from naming and branding the Youth Zone to interviewing potential employees.

For more information on the development of the Salford Youth Zone and how you can support it, please contact Lara Partridge at

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Tuesday 26 July 2022

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