Wirral’s Youth Zone smashes membership target in less than a year

WIRRAL’S new landmark youth facility, The Hive, has welcomed its 6000th member less than eight months after launch, already exceeding its target membership for the entire year by double.

The Hive, which is funded through a combination of public and private sector funding, opened in April of this year. Located in the centre of Birkenhead, it has been purpose built to provide young people on the Wirral with a safe and positive environment where they can enjoy a wide range of activities, learn new skills, raise their aspirations and realise their full potential. There are 38,900 10-19-year olds living in Wirral and just over 24.6% of young people in the area are living in poverty, significantly higher than the national average.

As part of the OnSide Youth Zones network, The Hive is designed to ensure its young members have ‘something to do, somewhere to go and someone to talk to’. The centre offers an extensive array of activities and first-class facilities including a 4G football pitch, four-court sports hall, iconic climbing wall, fully fitted gym, skate park, music room, media room, arts and crafts areas, dance studio, boxing gym and recording studio.

Having far exceeded its membership target of recruiting 3000 young people in its first year of operating, the Hive’s outreach team is now focused on helping even more young people in Wirral to benefit from its facilities. It is also hoping to attract additional support from the regional business community by bringing new patrons on board. At present The Hive has support from the following Patrons towards running costs: Cammell Laird, John Syvret CBE, The Bibby Family (Peter, Geoffrey and Lady Christine Bibby), Urenco, Bagnall & Morris Waste Services, The Billington Group, Boulting Group, Andrew Collinge Hairdressing, Park Group, West Wallasey Car & Van Hire, The Contact Company, Peel Land & Property, Hill Dickinson Solicitors, Progress To Excellence, Selwyn-Lloyd Charitable Trust, Anne, Duchess of Westminster’s Charity, Russell Taylor Group, The Barton Family, Bill Tavener, Hugh & Cathy Frost, and Wirral Borough Council.

Commenting on The Hive’s success to-date, Stuart Barnes, Chief Executive said, “We are very proud to have exceeded our membership target so quickly with members from all areas of Wirral, as it shows we are delivering exactly what young people in the borough want and need. This success wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the continued hard work of The Hive team, the ongoing support of our Patrons, the input of our young members and, of course our ever-growing army of volunteers, who have clocked up an amazing 5955 hours of volunteering so far -worth over £50,000 in equivalent salary.”

Membership of The Hive costs £5 per year with each session at the Youth Zone costing just 50p per visit. The centre caters to young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities. Young people can sign up online by visiting: www.thehiveyouthzone.org/new-member

The Hive is open 7 days a week, all year round including School Holidays and Bank Holidays.