North East Wales

Work starts on £2.2m Denbigh youth training and homeless centre

Building site
Image caption Work starts on a derelict site left empty for five years

Work has started on a £2.2m training and enterprise centre for young people in Denbighshire which also includes accommodation for young homeless.

The Big Lottery Fund gave £421,000 to the project to help young people who are not in education or work.

It will also provide six flats for the homeless as well as facilities for the wider community.

The project has been backed by Denbighshire council, the Welsh government and a housing association.

Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd has started work on the centre on the site of a former garage which has been derelict for about five years.

'Employment opportunities'

Organisers say activities will help disadvantaged people to increase confidence and basic skills and work towards further learning, enterprise and employment opportunities.

Coleg Llandrillo's Denbigh Campus will provide additional support.

Meanwhile, the centre will be used to help set up local groups to develop social enterprises - not for profit groups offering local services - and work experience opportunities.

"The centre will provide a fantastic resource for the people of Denbigh, and will be a huge investment to the town," said Colin Hughes, Denbighshire town and county councillor.

"It's vital that a centre like this provides young people with the support and tools needed to secure long term employment opportunities.

"I also welcome the economic benefits a project like this brings to the town and the county."

Image caption The plans were first mooted about a decade ago

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