Community of Alum Rock and Ward End “decimated by austerity” welcomes boost for youth services

A new youth club could help communities “decimated” by austerity.

Opened in 2022, the new hub for Alum Rock and Ward End will help the community recover from “erasure and lack of provisions for youth,” according to youth workers.

The Phoenix Youth Hub is a community-led project that pushes young people off the streets and “gives them opportunity and empowerment”.

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Mohammed Ali of the Alum Rock Community Forum, one of the founding members of the hub, told BirminghamLive: “Here in this region we have been decimated by austerity and the lack of provision for youth and we were trying to get out of erasure and to provide a safe haven for young people. ”

“Although this is only one youth club, the fact that there are so many organizations and individuals playing their part means that it will meet the needs of many young people.”

“We want to focus on empowerment, mentoring and learning because they go hand in hand.” he said.

Volunteers have come from Alum Rock and Ward End and plan to open a youth center in January 2022.

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Are also involved Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon Children’s Charity, The Springfield Project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which operates food centers in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.

Three days of giving, held at Edgbaston to receive new and nearly new gifts of gifts and books, are now over.

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Along with the Alum Rock Community Forum, organizations such as Jabsb8 Football Academy, Aap Ki Awaaz radio station and the Ward End Forum have been involved.

The community-funded youth hub targets 11-15 year olds and will take place at the George Grenfell Memorial Hall in Alum Rock on Thursdays and Sundays.

After youth facilities like the Ward End Park base closed in 2011, abandoning the youth as well as the building – the need for youth provisions increased.

One of the 15 volunteers at the youth center is a mother of four, Fozia Bi. After moving to Alum Rock in Yorkshire, she wanted to start a youth center because “there was nothing for young people”, but felt it was too “difficult”.

“In areas like Washwood Heath, Saltley and Ward End, it’s very difficult to set up something like this. It is a disadvantaged community.

“There is nothing for young people in these areas, which is why I also volunteer. Before, many centers often don’t want to collaborate, but it’s different because it’s a community effort.

The logo of the Phoenix Youth Center.

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“This cause is great because it helps children of all ethnicities and backgrounds. I will also have my 14 year old daughter with me.”

The Phoenix Youth Hub plans to open in January 2022 and is currently crowdfunding for the equipment.

For more information on the youth hub email [email protected]

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