YOUNGSTERS are now able to enjoy outdoor activities to the full thanks to the installation of new fencing and gates around its outdoor facilities.
The Oasis Centre for Young People has been based in Coronation Road, Ellesmere Port, for nearly 43 years and provides recreational facilities for a large number of young people in the town.
But due to the lack of secure fencing, the centre had been regularly plagued by nuisance gangs and subjected to vandalism.
As a result, the amount of broken glass on the outside recreational area had prevented young people from using it.
When the centre’s vice-chair Ruth Spicer sent out a plea for help to save them from further dilapidation, several local businesses were eager to help out.
Shell UK provided a £1,000 donation towards gates and fencing. Urenco, the Duke of Westminster Trust and Pennycrest Trust also offered financial help and IDM Engineering, which installed the gates and fencing, donated a large storage container.
Mrs Spicer said: “This is a true example of community in partnership, where sponsorship from local business has enabled our centre to enrich its outdoor activities.
“The young people using our facilities had been desperate to use the outdoor area and thanks to the new fencing and gates this will no longer be a problem.
“We rely mostly on donations, fundraising and grants to help us provide our much-needed service for young people and this has been a real boost for us.”
The Oasis centre is a charity organisation run by a voluntary management committee, accessible to all young people.
Its aim is to help and educate them by developing their physical, mental and social skills through leisure activities.
Membership is open to those aged eight to 19 and up to 25 if the person has special needs.
Several organisations including the senior citizens indoor bowls group, local morris dancers and junior youth club, also use the centre throughout the week.
To find out more, call 0151-3553250 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org