We are thrilled to announce that Virgin Money has pledged £850,000 to help OnSide establish the first Youth Zone in the North East, working alongside the Northern Rock Foundation.
The project will see Virgin Money and the Northern Rock Foundation (the “Foundation”) work together to support OnSide in creating the first Youth Zone in the North East, giving young people aged 8-19 ( up to 25 with a disability) a place to socialise, be creative and inspire one another in their free time.
Virgin Money has pledged £850,000 towards building the first centre in the region and the Foundation has confirmed its intention to work with OnSide, alongside Virgin Money and other organisations to achieve this.
Virgin Money Chief Executive Jayne-Anne Gadhia said: “We are serious about our commitment to the North East community and today’s announcement will see us invest in the future of young people in the region.
“We are excited to be working alongside the Northern Rock Foundation to support the creation of the North East’s first Youth Zone, which will benefit young people in the region for generations to come.”
Sir Peter Vardy, who is championing OnSide Youth Zones across the North East said: “We’re absolutely delighted to receive the commitment from Virgin Money and Northern Rock Foundation to help make our dream of bringing the first Youth Zone to the North East a reality.
“Youth Zones are more than just buildings, they provide young people with the right opportunities to realise their potential. This project represents an investment in young people, demonstrating our belief that they deserve the best, and ultimately it is an investment in the future of the North East itself.”