Posted 27 March, 2018 OBI NEWS
The business and property community in Manchester raised £16.9k for The Factory Youth Zone at the special lunch held on Thursday 8 March at Menagerie, New Bailey, Salford in celebration of International Women’s Day.
The Factory Youth Zone is a Manchester charity which provides young people with somewhere to go, something to do, and someone to talk to. Their talented and trained staff and volunteers work with young people to raise aspirations and help them gain independence. Hallie-Codie, just one of the young people who has been helped by The Factory Youth Zone spoke at the event telling the audience of 133 about her background and her experience with The Factory.
Hallie said: “The opportunities available at The Factory Youth Zone are endless and it has allowed me to see my potential and see how bright my future can be. Through The Factory I’ve been on several courses to help with my self-confidence and leadership skills. I’d like to say thank you to everyone supporting The Factory Youth Zone and young people like myself.”
Guests also heard from Andrea Quinton, Chief Inspector, Greater Manchester Police who has been working closely with The Factory Youth Zone for several years and now sits on their board.
Andrea said: “I recommend everyone to get involved – you will not only be helping young people but you will learn so much and develop your own skills in the process. Let’s all make a difference today, our young people need role models, they need to see that their future is better than their present.”
Richard Marsh, Chief Executive of The Factory Youth Zone said: “I want to say thank you to Will Lewis, Ashleigh Boyd from OBI and our own Kirsty Murphy for making the event happen. We provide young people with opportunities to develop fundamental skills and inspire them to do better in this city. It is fantastic to know that The Manchester business community is supporting us.”
The lunch was organised by The Factory Youth Zone and OBI Property and was supported by Muse Developments, Oliver James Associates, Champion, Relentless, Clear Marketing, Cowgill Holloway and Landmark Investments Group. Guests were treated to a two-course meal and a fashion show revealing Manchester based designer, Nadine Merabi’s latest evening wear collection.
Will Lewis, OBI Property said: “We are glad to be able to help young people from one of the most under-privileged areas in the UK. We’ve been working with The Factory Youth Zone for a few years now, and it’s a place and a project that’s at the very heart of what we believe is vital in business and in life.”
The money raised from the lunch will go towards helping young people just like Hallie-Codie, unlock their potential and thrive in their future.
Watch the film of the lunch here.