Axis Official Launch

Part of the Big Lottery Funded

'Communities Wyred together' Celebrate event, held at Kidderminster Youth House on

Saturday 28th January 2017.

Some additional funds from the Big Lottery ‘Celebrate!’ fund meant we could combine the launch with a community celebration on a huge scale. The result was a really  fantastic day, attended by over 300 people from all communities in the Wyre Forest, including the 4 Syrian refugee families who have just been housed in the District. Claire Cashmore, MBE, cut the  Axis Hub ribbon and spent a couple of hours chatting with all the groups and showing the children (and adults) her Olympic medals

Claire said “it is an absolute honour to be here today to open the Axis Youth Hub. It is fantastic to see the work that has been done to help the young people of the Wyre Forest. We also need to say a big thanks to the Big Lottery Fund who made this possible and the hard work of all the staff concerned. Big thanks Guys!”  

The Mayor (this year and last year’s Rose Bishop) were there all day along with a number of Councillors and staff from the District Council and one of our Nightstop donors, Dave Griffin, from Quads and Castles brought a huge bouncy castle and provided first aid cover for the day!

Coop sent staff and all the ingredients for a cream tea, we had Bangladeshi food and henna painting, Polish food and cakes, Filipino specialities, homemade bread and umpteen  other goodies.   The Bangladeshi ladies painted henna decorations on hands, staff and volunteers made amazing balloon animals, the Soroptomists had a ‘Splat the Rat’ game, volunteers painted faces and made crowns with the children 

The day was filmed by Community Broadcast Company.  Thanks to the funds from the Big Lottery there was no charge for any of the food, drink and entertainment which meant families could have a fantastic day.

Judith Ford, Nightstop CEO said, “we cannot stress enough  just how delighted we were to see so many people enjoying themselves on Saturday. From Claire Cashmore, MBE , Charles Talbot, founder of the Youth House, local Councillors and  Big Lottery staff and all our community groups. The atmosphere was one of real celebration and so many people had a chance to share food, experiences and stories from their cultures.  It was the perfect way to launch our new Axis Youth Hub which will help any young person from the district who comes to us with a problem. We are very grateful to the Big Lottery who made Axis a reality and allowed us to share the launch is such a special way with our community”