WIRRAL Youth Zone, named by young people as ‘The Hive’, is a purpose-built facility for the borough’s eight-to-19-year-olds, and up to 25 for those with disabilities. The Hive runs the A Force For Good project to support youngsters with a parent, step-parent, carer or sibling who is serving, a veteran or Reservist.
The project supports young people to develop life and social skills and get involved in activities and projects. Those from Forces families also get free Hive membership.
Although most of those leaving the Armed Forces make a successful transition to civvy street, there’s a significant number that encounter difficulties. This can have a negative social and financial impact on the whole family – leaving many children feeling vulnerable and excluded.
Forces youngster Charlie said: “This is one of the only things we get to do together as a family – it’s great.”
Everything The Hive does aims to inspire young people to achieve by providing fun activities, personal development programmes and life-changing experiences. With its fantastic range of facilities and a passionate, supportive team, The Hive is the ideal place for young people to rediscover their confidence, improve their mental wellbeing and broaden their horizons.
Demi added: “I love coming here and I’d like to come to other sessions too.”
The Hive is running regular, free A Force For Good events for military families to have quality time, learn about support services available – and, importantly, to give the adults an opportunity to develop their own social networks by meeting other families with a military background.
To find out more, visit thehiveyouthzone.org or search for it on social media.