The Hyde youth project opens its doors to young people in Shephall

25 January 2017

A new project which opened its doors to young people this weekend in Shephall, Stevenage will give Young People the opportunity to participate in a multitude of activities and programmes ranging from; creative arts, music and media production, maintaining healthy relationships, sexual health and careers information and guidance.

This new and exciting facility has been funded by Stevenage Borough Council, with the YMCA as the lead agency for the project. The YMCA and Youth Connexions Hertfordshire will work in partnership to provide a variety of engaging programmes for young people, including an after school club and evening sessions.

The project was opened by the Mayor of Stevenage Councillor John Lloyd and the Youth Mayor of Stevenage Emma Chapman and the opening was well supported by the local community.

Youth Connexions Team Manager Judith Sutton also attended the opening ceremony. She said: “No 15 The Hyde is fully kitted out for different programmes – it is a safe and welcoming place right in the heart of the community. Young people can get involved in lots of different programmes and we can’t wait to get started.”

Ben Neale, Lead Youth worker for Stevenage at the YMCA said: ‘this is a great opportunity to engage young people in positive activities in Shephall and we’ve already had a large amount of interest from Young people and some great support from local people and businesses.’

The project has already won support of local young people and their families. 14-year-old Axel said: “I love coming to No15 The Hyde – it’s awesome!”

Over the coming weeks, Youth Connexions and YMCA staff will be delivering assemblies in local schools to let young people know what No 15 The Hyde has to offer.

If you would like to find out more about the programme of activities at No !5 The Hyde, please visit