Young people and youth workers are celebrating as the brand-new Chichester Shed youth centre opened its doors for the first time. The Shed, funded by the Youth Investment Fund, is the first new build youth centre to complete. The Chichester Shed youth centre is run by Chichester Community Development Trust and based in a deprived and under resourced area. It will be a safe haven for young people, giving them every opportunity to have fun, explore their passions and develop vital skills for life and work.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Lucy Frazer marked the occasion, meeting young people at a ribbon cutting celebration at the Chichester Shed. The Culture Secretary experienced youth work in action, as young people enjoyed skateboarding, DIY skills, music, gardening, and a well-being yoga workshop. The Culture Secretary met youth worker Gavin Walker with Mia and Charlie; two young people supported by the Shed. Mia and Charlie shared their excitement for their new youth centre and the difference it will make to their lives.
Welcoming Lucy Frazer to the Chichester Shed, Clare de Bathe, CEO for the Chichester Community Development Trust said:
“The building of the Chichester Shed will provide an informal, dynamic and versatile space where young people can connect, learn and experience new activities. The space will be a haven for all ages and backgrounds to use throughout the school day and holidays, including intergenerational activities where boundaries can be broken down as well as adult education sessions and group workshops delivered. The Youth Investment Fund grant has enabled the project ideas to be brought to a reality and we cannot wait to open the doors!”