Oracle youth hub set to open doors

The Oracle youth hub on St Annes Road and (below) Coun Chris Maughan.
The Oracle youth hub on St Annes Road and (below) Coun Chris Maughan.
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A MULTI-million pound youth hub has a new name – and will welcome its first young visitors next week.

The £4.2m centre on St Annes Road, South Shore, has been rechristened The Oracle following it’s competition.

Coun Chris Maughan

Coun Chris Maughan

Alfie Bradley-Johnson, 15, from Highfield Humanities College, suggested the name which was chosen by a panel of young people out of more than 100 entries.

He said: “I wanted to pick a name that would get people’s attention but also attract young people to the venue.

“The Oracle is about learning and that is what the building is about too. I hope The Oracle is going to inspire young people to get involved, have fun and learn.”

Meanwhile, the venue, which was originally called the Southpoint Youth Hub, will host open days between June 11 and 13 to give youngsters a taste of the activities and events which will be held there.

In order to ensure it fully meets their needs, young people from across Blackpool have been fully involved in all aspects of the design process since the hub was first proposed.

Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave visited the resort in September 2009 to give the project his blessing, and building work began in November 2010.

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The official opening of the centre, which is in the form of a striking pod, is due to take place in September.

Nathan Erskine, 23, has been appointed as manager.

Coun Chris Maughan, cabinet member for young people, said: “Throughout the process, young people have been completely involved in the design, usage and interior of the building, so it was only right that they were involved in the naming of it too.

“This is one of the final stages of getting the building completed and soon all young people will be able to make the most of the fantastic facilities The Oracle has to offer.

“The building will enable them not only to socialise in the meeting spaces and activities rooms, but will also help them gain access to vital life and careers advice from the specially trained staff.”

The building has been funded through the government’s Myplace initiative and will include a cyber cafe, training rooms, arts and music facilities including a performance area as well as specialist work and advice services aimed at supporting more young people.

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