South Leeds Youth Hub sizzles

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SUMMER’S hardly been a sizzler across Leeds, but its sizzled quite a bit on the south side of the city.

Young people who attend youth centres across south Leeds were invited to a Summer Sizzle at the brand new South Leeds Youth Hub in Belle Isle.

Built at a cost of £5m-plus, owned by Leeds City Council and paid for by the Government, the South Leeds Youth Hub is a youth centre for the whole of south Leeds, designed according to young people’s views and opinions.

It is a safe and secure space filled with inspirational activities for young people between the ages of 11-19 from across south Leeds.

Around 60 youngsters and many parents attended the Summer Sizzle at the hub organised by Leeds City Council’s youth services.

The young people had a go on the skate ramps, tucked into a barbecue and had a go on the dance mats, as well as finding out about all the regular activities and groups available at the youth hub. A wide variety of exciting and beneficial activities will eventually be on offer such as a motorbike and go-kart workshop, a hair and beauty salon, an art studio, jobs and careers advice, music and media studio, health clinics, a garden and lots more.

These activities and services will be delivered by local organisations and will help young people find work, keep healthy, improve their education and have fun.

Coun Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services, said: “We want children and young people from all over south Leeds to discover what the hub has to offer.

“It has been slowly growing for the past few months and now more and more groups and organisations are taking advantage of its great facilities.

“This event was a great opportunity for youngsters to meet up and have fun whilst trying out some of the activities the hub has to offer.”

Saphieh Ashtiany, the equality and employment lawyer

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