Beeston youth centre refurbishment given the green light


The much needed refurbishment of a popular community space for young people is to go ahead.

Urban BarCouncillor Angela Gabriel and colleagues on the Inner South Area Committee have provided £6,200 towards the refurbishment of the Urban Bar on Malvern Road in Beeston.

Urban Bar, run by local youth charity St Luke’s Cares, is a drop in space for young people in the Inner South area and has information points for advice, facilities such as a kitchen, pool table and games space, and is a venue for several popular youth clubs in the area. The Urban Bar was set up in 2009 following a £4,800 grant from the Area Committee.

The funding will go towards much needed improvement works to the facility, including roof repairs, new flooring and insulation and a brand new heating system. It will also help the volunteers to purchase new kitchen equipment and a music system to help young people interested in music and the arts.

Councillor Gabriel hopes these improvements will help Urban Bar to cater for even more local young people. She said:

“Urban Bar and St Luke’s Cares provide much needed services to young people in the area and they do such fantastic work. The Urban Bar has become a much loved centre for young people in the area and these improvements will allow them to help even more of them by offering a better place to relax, socialise, start a new hobby and learn useful skills.”

St Luke’s Cares runs a wide variety of projects to help local young people realise their full potential. Other schemes they run include the Involve Learning Centre, which offers training and employment services, and the Active Youth Project, which provides a wide variety of out-of-school activities. In the past 8 years, the Inner South Area Committee has provided over £180,000 to fund the great range of facilities and services run by St Luke’s Cares.