MEMBERS of a youth group have worked together to renovate their run-down clubhouse building.

Staff from Zac's Youth Bar asked members of the community what they would like to see at the the building, in Prestolee, Kearsley, and used the answers to shape their work.

The site was then transformed, with new laminate and vinyl flooring added inside, flowers planted in the front garden and a special design created by a local artist for the outside shutters.

The centre is one of two sites run by Zac's, which is an organisation operated by Christian charity The Sycamore Project.

The group received funding from the Co-op Foundation in partnership with the government and their Building Connections Fund Youth Strand. This cash was used in an effort to reduce youth loneliness, which was targeted as a problem in Bolton after recent research.

Zac's also ran a Community Conversation and opened the doors of the clubhouse to residents to ask for opinions.

A representative from the organisation said: "New flooring was installed throughout the building discarding the old stained carpets for new modern laminate and vinyl.

"The outside was something the community felt needed sprucing up and that’s when Sie King from King Syze Graffiti came and gave the young people a master class art workshop which transformed the dull and boring shutters on the building to a more vibrant and appealing building.

"Over Easter young people flocked to the venue to get their hands dirty to bring some life into the garden which is located at the front of the premises.

"Overall the transformation is fantastic and the charity have had so many comments from the community and users of the building."

The new building will now be used to put on sessions based on the things young people asked for in the Community Conversation survey.

This includes cooking, DIY and outdoor activities, with twice the amount of sessions operating out of the centre.

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