Posted: Sat 15th Jun 2024

Youngsters transform Minera Youth Provision with new games and shelter for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

A local organisation has undergone a renovation after a team of youngsters came together to improve the service.

It comes after users of Minera Youth Provision were asked ‘if there was funding to help improve the youth provision what you would like us to do?’

Minera Youth Provision is for 10 – 15 year olds, it’s a safe space for the young people to play and make friends.

It provides lots of different activities, educational sessions, sports and trips. It meets every Tuesday during term time from 6pm until 8pm.

Suggestions included new games to play inside and out – along with the installation of heating in the container to help during the colder months.

Other proposals included a shelter with outdoor lights to create more space to play games or just to spend time with friends.

The young people supported a grant application from the Youth Service Revenue Small Grant Scheme which they were granted monies to provide new resources, including sports equipment, outside games and new board games.

Wrexham Youth Service provided heaters for inside the containers and rechargeable lights to use outside and they also secured £1500 for materials to build a shelter to extend the outdoor space.

Coleg Cambria was approached and asked if they would like to support with building the shelter, with a £1500 donation made to help pay for materials needed.

The college also offered its services for free, with staff and students worked hard and spent many hours measuring up, planning, and designing the shelter to suit the youth provision needs.

Then during lessons in Coleg Cambria supported by staff, the students used their new skills to build the frames. Finally they came back up to the youth provision, they secured the frame to the floors and container, added the roof and finished it off by staining the wood. And it looks great!

Councillor Phil Wynn, Lead Member for Education, said: “This was a collaborative project where young people asked for change and then young people supported those changes.

“This is a perfect example of young people having a voice and improving their communities.

“There is now a fantastic extended space for the young people from the youth provision to use also benefiting Coedpoeth Football Teams and their families who we are sure will appreciate a dry place to wait while training is on or watching the games.

“Thank you to everyone involved.”

If anyone would like more information on Minera Youth Provision please contact Wrexham Youth Service on [email protected]

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