Bosses have announced the return of free-to-air sessions in the youth area of School Street, Wolverhampton, which is undergoing a major staff overhaul as part of a services overhaul.
Free access will resume on July 19, with sessions for juniors (8-12 years old) taking place every Tuesday and Thursday between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Seniors (13-19 years old or up to 25 years old for those with additional needs) can come every Wednesday and Friday between 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., and every Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sessions will normally cost 50p but registration fees will be waived until September. The bosses have pledged to add more sessions in the coming months.
Newly appointed CEO Jackie Redding said: “We are delighted to welcome young people back to The Way as we relaunch our open-access sessions – their numbers will also increase over the coming months.
“Our members will be able to access all of their favorite activities just by showing up and paying their 50p and I am also delighted to welcome a number of new youth workers.
“I would especially like to thank Wolverhampton City Council, the YMCA and the Wolves Foundation for their incredible support over the past two months.
“Together we worked to ensure we could still welcome young people to The Way while we focused on our recovery.”
To access the sessions, young people will need to be members of The Way.
Ms Redding has pledged to make The Way “a second home” for the city’s young people after a period of staff upheaval that bosses associate with the pandemic.
Meanwhile, two free entry VIP parties have been announced ahead of the relaunch. A junior event will be held on July 12 from 4-8 p.m. with a Willy Wonka-themed book at: www.tinurl.com/TheWayJuniorVIP.