21st Jan 2015

Zac’s Youth Bar receives fresh lick of paint

A charity offering a safe place for Bolton teenagers has undergone a makeover thanks to builder and developer Seddon.

Zac’s Youth Bar on Market Street has received a fresh lick of paint from a team of volunteers, including professional decorators from Seddon and the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Martin Donaghy.

Seddon supplied the materials for the renovation of the charity’s foyer and main activity space, with four tradespeople including two apprentices taking two days to complete the transformation.

The themed makeover in the charity’s main activity space takes inspiration from Zac’s Youth Bar’s logo, which is a distinctive blue and orange.

Danny McCann, Painting Manager at Seddon, who helped to carry out the work for the charity, said: "With cuts to Government funding for small charities, it’s important for businesses like Seddon to step in to help organisations like Zac’s, which provides a vital service for Bolton’s young people. It is a project we are very proud to support.

"With the help of Cllr Martin Donaghy we have hopefully managed to kick start the charity’s New Year in style.”

Councillor Martin Donaghy, Mayor of Bolton said: "Zac’s Youth Bar do an amazing job providing a range of services and support for young people. As soon as I heard they were brightening up their foyer, I offered to come and lend a hand. I hope this will help them to keep supporting young people across Bolton for many years to come.”

The bar, run by independent Christian charity The Sycamore Project, aims to offer care and support to young people of all faiths and none as well as providing a meeting place free from alcohol and other harmful influences.

Zac’s was established 14 years ago by Stuart Barnes and now works with more than 1,600 youngsters in Farnworth, Kearsley and Little Lever, offering one-to-one support as well as recreational activities.

The charity has seen the number of young people it works with more than double in the last three years at a time when its funding has been slashed by 30 per cent.

Karen Openshaw, Head of Development and Partnerships at Zac’s Youth Bar, said: "We are incredibly grateful to Danny and the team from Seddon; who themselves are doing a wonderful job empowering young people through their apprenticeship scheme.

"Our mayor has supported Zac’s for many years and his passion to see Bolton’s businesses invest in apprenticeships has made a difference to many young people.

"Zac’s plans for 2015 are centred on improving our young people’s future destination after leaving us; through employability workshops and development of their entrepreneurial skills.

"Since starting the role in September I have been encouraged by the help and support that businesses have offered and would value any business contacting me to see what partnership work may be possible.”

Alongside the spruce up, Seddon has offered to run employability workshops for the charity to encourage youngsters to start thinking about their future careers.

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