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Roof shout to celebrate major construction milestone

The Youth Hub Trust celebrated a major construction milestone today with a roof shout to mark Stage One of the facility having the roofing completed for both the wraparound services building and the supported housing wing.

The Youth Hub is currently under construction at 109 Salisbury Street in the central city with Naylor Love leading the building work. Stage One of the Hub is due to be completed mid next year.

“Getting the facility watertight is a huge milestone for the project and a great opportunity to celebrate

with the project team and construction workers on site,” Chair of the Youth Hub Trust Dame Sue Bagshaw said.

“It’s also a great oppportunity to thank our major funders who without their support none of this would be happening.”

Major funders for Stage One include Crown Infrastructure Partners, the Rātā Foundation, Wayne Francis Charitable Trust and Anglican Care who gifted use of the central city site.

Stage One includes a supported housing wing with 23 bedrooms and a wrap-around services block where a dozen youth providers will work from. This includes Te Tahi Youth (formerly 298 Youth Health), VOYCE Whakarongo Mai and Youthline.

The Hub, which is the first of its kind in New Zealand, aims to provide everything Christchurch’s young people need to improve and maintain their mental health from supported housing and health and support services to recreation and creativity.

“Young Cantabrians who have had a rough start in life currently don’t know where to go to get the help they need. We want the Youth Hub to be a place where all young people can come to meet others, gain confidence and overcome loneliness which is a key factor in the declining rates of youth mental health and wellbeing.”

The Youth Hub is continuing to fundraise to fitout the facility, as well as build another wing of supported housing and a community centre with spaces for recreation, training and creativity. The Trust urgently needs at least $1 million so they can start to build the next stage.

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