Rory visits Carlisle Youth Zone’s new improved site
Rory paid a visit to the Carlisle Youth Zone on Saturday 14 April to meet some of the young people involved in the Youth Zone’s Inclusion Project, and for a quick tour of the facilities the Zone provides for young people aged between 8 and 21, and up to the age of 25 for those with physical and/or learning disabilities.
The visit was the first by the local MP, and involved a tour of the centre’s new state-of-the-art facilities following its £5 million pound refurbishment. Following his tour, he participated in a lively question-and-answer session with some of young people attending. Bradley Lewis from Carlisle asked him a number of questions, including whether Rory wanted to become Prime Minister one day.
Rory Stewart said: “Carlisle Youth Zone are doing a fantastic job redefining our traditional views of the youth club as a place for young people to congregate, interact, and develop, and are clearly making the most of their new and improved facilities. However, as another Cumbrian charity entirely supported by voluntary donations and support, they continue to rely on the goodwill of others, and I am grateful for the opportunity to help raise awareness of the excellent work they do for young people, and encourage anyone with an interest to get involved and do their bit to keep this project going and help it go from strength to strength.“
Colin Powell, Carlisle Youth Zone’s Business Development Manager said: “Rory was enormously interested in the work the Youth Zone does with Young People. He asked lots of questions and was very impressed with our mentoring programme which starts later this month. He was also concerned about how we overcame the fundraising challenge and asked if people appreciated that the Zone was a charity and entirely dependent on their support. We’re grateful for the support he has shown, and look forward to his next visit.”