Today, the £5 Million Mahdlo Youth Zone (Oldham) was officially unveiled to key decision makers following years of planning and anticipation.
Local dignitaries and stakeholders attended the special launch event, and were able to tour the building and experience the facilities and types of activities that will be available to young people.
Mahdlo is a cutting edge youth facility that will inspire, motivate, raise aspirations and take pride in Oldham’s young people. Our aim is to make a tangible difference to the lives and futures of local young people, by providing them with a safe and engaging place to spend their leisure time.
Chief Executive, MAHDLO
Oldham has the highest proportion of under-25s in the region so it is vitally important that we offer the best facilities available for them to enjoy – and Mahdlo certainly fits the bill.
Jim MC Mahon,
Leader, Oldham Council
Helen Taylor, Chief Executive at Mahdlo Youth Zone said: “We are absolutely delighted to finally showcase Mahdlo to our supporters following years of hard work and commitment from within the borough.
Located in the Oldham Town Centre, Mahdlo will open seven days a week, all year round for young people aged between eight and 21 years old (25yrs for those with disabilities and/or learning difficulties). Young People will be able to enjoy the Youth Zone for an annual membership fee of £5 and then just 50p per visit.
Councillor Jim McMahon, Leader of Oldham Council said: “It gives me great pleasure to see Mahdlo open its doors and I’m sure it will become a popular, fun and enjoyable destination for our young people”
“The Borough already has some outstanding facilities for young people and together with our partners we offer great activities through our year long Go! Oldham initiative, so this state-of-the-art facility can only enhance that offer.”
The £5million capital funding for this state-of-the-art facility was provided by the Government’s myplace scheme. The facility will be funded through a partnership of private and public sector support with Oldham Council providing 40% of the revenue costs.
Mahdlo Youth Zone will offer over 25 activities every evening from sports, arts, media and music, as well as guidance and advice on a range of issues such as health and well-being, employment and enterprise.