The independent youth club won the opportunity to engage in a 12 month partnership with Sainsburys on Archer Road in 2013, and their combined fundraising efforts resulted in over £8,000, which has been spent on the building's first major refurbishment in decades.
Richard Hay, Youth Worker In Charge, said: "It's been very heartening to be recognised for the hard work we do by Sainsburys and the general public. We'd like to thank them all for their generosity. This refurbishment represents the first step in a new funding strategy for the club, which has to become more self-sustaining in the new economic climate."
"It's great to see that the public understands and supports our purpose. Providing a safe place for young people with trained youth workers onsite is more important than ever. We are consistently seeing issues of inequality, sexual exploitation, and drug and alcohol abuse. We provide a safe, neutral place to which young people can turn for support and advice."
"The club decided to invest in a refurbishment to make our space more suitable and desirable for room hire bookings. The more revenue we can bring in from birthdays, anniversaries, business meetings and functions, the more we can focus on the young people we need to serve rather than finding the money to do it."
The club has also been awarded £10,000 from Children In Need for the upcoming year.