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Radius pledges support for Crewe Youth Zone

13th June 2024 by OnSide

Radius is the latest local business to support the town’s young people by becoming a Founder Patron of Crewe Youth Zone. 

As a Founder Patron, Radius will contribute towards the charity’s annual running costs, which will enable the new Youth Zone to offer first class facilities, opportunities and support for thousands of young people living in Crewe. 

Once opened, Crewe Youth Zone will be an independent charity with a private sector-led board. It will be part of our Network of 15 Youth Zones nationwide, supporting more than 55,000 young people annually. Youth Zones are open to young people aged between eight and 19 (up to 25 for those with additional needs), seven days a week, for just 50p a visit. Young people who sign up will have access to an indoor climbing wall, four court sports hall, training kitchen, music room with a recording studio, fully equipped gym, dance and drama studio, 3G kick pitch, arts and crafts room, and enterprise and employability suite. 

Inadditionto these incredible facilities, trained youth workersand dedicated volunteers will be available seven days a week to offerguidance and holistic support tohelp Crewe’s young people to thrive.The Youth Zone will create permanent full and part-time jobs, as well as many volunteering opportunities.   

The partnership formed after the Radius team visited Warrington Youth Zone and were so inspired by what it offered, they wanted to help bring the same opportunities to the young people of Crewe. 

Radius supports business fleets of all sizes both in Crewe and globally, by helping teams stay connected with customers and colleagues to run more efficiently. It offers a range of services and products including fuel cards, telematics, vehicle leasing, EV charge points, telecoms and insurance. 

When asked about the new partnership with Crewe Youth Zone, Emma Quinn, Chief People Officer at Radius, said:   

“In becoming a Founder Patron of Crewe Youth Zone, this further highlights our commitment to the local community by supporting this initiative that will see OnSide offer outstanding facilities to young people in Crewe whilst giving them opportunities to speak with trained youth workers. 

Following our visit to the Warrington Youth Zone, we were incredibly impressed by the professional setup and felt that we could support a similar initiative in Crewe. As an organisation that’s been offering employment opportunities to people in the local area for over three decades, we’re committed to giving back and so are delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile cause.” 

Crewe Youth Zone Chair, Graham Ramsbottom commented on the partnership with Radius saying:  

“We are delighted to welcome Radius as a Founder Patron of Crewe Youth Zone. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Bill, Emma and the team for their generous support and for investing in the next generation of local young people. Crewe Youth Zone will provide the very best facilities, support and opportunities – it will be the place that the town’s young people deserve, and the backing from local businesses like Radius is essential to its success.” 

Currently, the Youth Zone’s Young People’s Development Group – a group of local young people who have engaged with the Youth Zone since its announcement – is working with an agency on creating two options for the brand and name. Once two are finalised, the young people of Crewe will vote on which brand they’d like the Youth Zone to adopt.  

We are delivering Crewe Youth Zone in partnership with Cheshire East Council and supported by several businesses and philanthropists. The Founder Patron campaign aims to achieve long-term sustainability, to ensure Crewe Youth Zone will be an asset to the community, transforming young people’s lives for generations to come.  

We continue to raise the remainder of the first three years’ running costs for Crewe Youth Zone and urge local businesses and philanthropists to join the Founder Patron family. If you would like to support young people living in Cheshire East, please contact: Ellen.Birchenough@onsideyouthzones.org

Crewe Youth Zone is due to open in the second half of 2025. 

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