WJ | Charity Event Raises £14,410 for OnSide Youth Zones
A WJ Group golf day has raised an incredible £14,410 for OnSide Youth Zones, a charity dedicated to providing young people with somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to in their leisure time.
WJ, the UK’s leading specialist road marking company, were inspired to raise money for young people after being made aware, by Kier Highways, of the life-changing work being carried out across the OnSide Youth Zone network.
Held at the picturesque Welcombe Club in Stratford – upon- Avon, WJ welcomed teams from local and national businesses for an enjoyable day of golf on the 18hole par70 course, whilst raising vital funds and awareness of OnSide Youth Zones.
Money raised from the event will be used to fuel the expansion of the OnSide Youth Zones network, providing tens of thousands of young people across the country with opportunity to access 21st century youth provision.
Wayne Johnson WJ Group Managing Director commented:
“Awareness of the charity came from Kier Highways and the concept to engage, help, guide and encourage young people is fully aligned with our own ethos and corporate social responsibilities. I hope the funds raised will help influence a young person’s future path because it’s that thought that makes it all worthwhile.”
OnSide is a charity which creates safe and inspiring Youth Zones for young people. Open 7 days per week, each OnSide Youth Zone provides over 20 activities per night including indoor climbing, dance, drama, music, media, employability and enterprise workshops, cooking, mentoring and much more, supporting young people by occupying their bodies and minds with fun activities, giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and socialise in a positive way.
At a time when local authorities are under immense financial pressure and the services aimed at engaging young people are becoming more difficult to deliver, OnSide Youth Zones aim to fill that gap.
With a network of 10 Youth Zones with locations in Bolton, Blackburn, Wigan, Carlisle, Manchester, Oldham, Wolverhampton, Wirral, Chorley and a further three Youth Zones currently under construction in London, the network reaches over 40,000 young people each year.
Kathryn Morley, Chief Executive at OnSide Youth Zones said: “A huge thank you to WJ Group for choosing to support our young people. Their valued support will help us make a real difference to the lives of thousands of young people for generations to come as we continuously build on our national network of Youth Zones”.