A FRESHLY revamped youth centre which has had a £75,000 spruce up will reopen today.
The new Flying Start facility at Holywell Youth Centre will be opened by Welsh deputy minister for tackling poverty Vaughan Gething AM.
The youth centre was refurbished with £75,000 of Welsh Government funding and will aim to help disadvantaged children and parents.
The new Flying Start centre will add to existing facilities in Higher Shotton and Aston, Connah’s Quay, Flint and Greenfield, which offer free part-time childcare for two to three year olds, parenting support, early language development and an enhanced health visiting service.
Cllr Chris Jones, Flintshire Council cabinet member for social services, said: “I am so pleased the Deputy Minister will be visiting Holywell to see the fantastic work taking place in the county to tackle poverty.
“The Flying Start programme in Flintshire provides a much needed service to our poorest communities.”
Cllr Chris Bithell, cabinet member for education, said: “These improvements will benefit people from the local community and we look forward to continuing with this partnership to develop the community programme even further.”
The Holywell Youth Centre was built 50 years ago and the funding has helped to improve the main hall to allow care to be provided for 24 children five-days-a-week.
Mr Gething said: “It is going to be great to be in Holywell and see the new facilities here that will provide such important support for families in the area.
“We are investing more than a million pounds in Flintshire to expand Flying Start so more families across the county benefit from this support.”
This afternoon, a Welsh medium playgroup – Cylch Meithrin Garden City – will also be officially opened.
Children from the Garden City Flying Start scheme will be able to attend the new Welsh medium playgroup, which is located in the youth centre.