A local youth club has come to the aid of a community space in Birkenhead to assist in renovating its facilities.
HYPE, which stands for Helping Young People Everywhere, is a non-profit organisation on the Wirral that aims to get youngsters involved in the community, while also managing a number of local youth clubs. To this end, many of its members volunteered their time to help out in the refurbishment of The Little T Room.
This building on Grange Road East used to house the offices of a coach company, but in 2012 it was converted into a space that locals could utilise. This was part of efforts at the time to show that empty shop fronts could be transformed to help out the community.
While HYPE may not have the tools needed for larger construction sites, such as drills and a digger, the Wirral group reportedly got stuck right into the task.
This involved a new lick of paint and the removal of drab furnishings, including dated computer desks from the upstairs of the centre. In their place, new furniture will be introduced to the community space, along with table football and a pool table.
According to Matt Houghton, the organisation’s project manager, The Little T Room’s upstairs will now be focussed on providing internet access, along with music recording facilities and help with social media platforms. It was hoped that this will allow for entrepreneurial youngsters to have a space to flourish.
Adults will also get to use the community facility, with arts and crafts classes, along with tea and toast mornings for mothers, already being planned for once the work has been finished.
It is hoped that not only will the young people involved feel a sense of accomplishment over completing the task, but that it will help to foster ties within the community.