Construction is well under way on SYA’s new multi-million pound headquarters and with it comes a unique way for local businesses to get involved in the charities exciting future.

The project has been made possible thanks to a £1.5m Youth Investment Fund grant, which is funded by the Government and delivered by Social Investment Business in partnership with National Youth Agency, Resonance, and the Key Fund.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Social Investment Business made the announcement last year - revealing SYA as one of 43 youth services across England to be awarded a grant to transform and level up opportunities for young people.

Sadly, the funding doesn’t cover the furniture needed to prepare the building for its most important guests – SYA’s young people. SYA is reaching out to local corporates and supporters to ask them to sponsor a room which will allow the charity to purchase new furniture and equipment needed to open the shiny new doors this summer.

Claire Purcell, Community Engagement and Fundraising Manager at SYA, said: “We are very excited that construction has started on our new headquarters and can’t wait to see the building when it is finished.

“PSG - a subsidiary of Shropshire Council - was commissioned as independent construction consultants to manage the project and Shropshire Council agreed a 99- year lease under the capital asset transfer scheme ahead of us starting the planning permission process.

“It has come together really well and culminated in local firm R1 Construction starting on the building. We are eagerly looking forward to seeing how it all takes shape over the coming months.

“Our work continues unaffected, delivering on our commitment to running youth clubs, groups and projects for young people and support of voluntary groups across the county.”

Alex Swancott, commercial director of R1 Construction, added: “We are delighted to have been appointed to construct what will be a fantastic facility for SYA and their future endeavours.

“It’s great to be delivering projects on our doorstep – Shropshire has an enviable network of contractors and suppliers, which we look forward to collaborating with to deliver for our community”.

The sponsorship package will come with added bonuses for supporters, please contact Claire at SYA for more information on what is offered or to express your interest in sponsoring a room.

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