Chidren’s Comissioner for Wales visits Wrexham Warehouse Project
On Thursday 12th March 2016, the new Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Professor Sally Holland visited the Wrexham Warehouse Project. The charity is now in its third year of running and was officially opened by Sally’s predecessor Keith Towler in 2013. Since Keith opened the project it has gone from strength to strength, winning two major awards, becoming an accredited centre and helping many young people move on to successful training programmes and work placements. In his time as Commissioner, Keith always massively supported both the journey of the Wrexham Warehouse Project and the young people who attended and still keeps in contact with staff and young people even though he has now left his post. It was due to this successful relationship that the young people wanted to invite the newest Children’s Commissioner to visit the project.
Sally Holland the new Children’s Commissioner for Wales arrived at the project at midday and as was given a guided tour of the Project by the founder of the charity George Powell, she was shown photographs of the journey of the building, from a derelict Warehouse to a fully functional training centre and how young people had always been involved fully in the planning, the construction and the running of the project. She visited the Art Room, where there was an Art class with our disabilities group was in session, and the kitchen area where the young people were busy preparing, the commissioner, staff and other young people a lovely lunch of chicken pie and apple crumble. Which was amazing!! On her tour around the building she also dropped into the plastering bay and joinery bay, where there were several young people hard at work, building health and safety boards, a job commissioned by Lendlease for the new prison site in Wrexham.
Once the tour at the Warehouse was complete the Commissioner was then taken up to the Miners Rescue Centre, the newest project for the Wrexham Warehouse Project. Many people who live in Wrexham will probably have walked passed or know the building on Maesgwyn Road, which was formally the Miners Rescue Centre, then a base for the fire brigade, but now a derelict building grade II listed building. The Wrexham Warehouse Project are now attempting to raise the money to purchase and save the building, but not only to save it, to create jobs, training space and affordable accommodation for disadvantaged young people.
After the visit the Commissioner wrote the following blog in which she described the Wrexham Warehouse Project as “a unique project, with aspects that could and should be replicated elsewhere” and a project she would love to see more of “providing real occupation and restoring the esteem and self-worth of the young people who have much to give.”
To read the full blog please follow the link below
Everyone at the project would like to thank the Commissioner for taking the time to visit and support the Wrexham Warehouse Project and the young people of Wrexham.