Focus Youth Centre recognised for two decades of service

Councillor Jim McCabe presenting the plaque to Focus Youth Centre chairwoman Mary Woods, joined by managing committee members and group members.
Councillor Jim McCabe presenting the plaque to Focus Youth Centre chairwoman Mary Woods, joined by managing committee members and group members.

The efforts of campaigners who fought to create the Focus Youth Centre in Viewpark have been formally recognised.

As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, the group set up a special exhibition at Bellshill Cultural Centre top bring their work to a wider audience.

To mark the occasion Thorniewood councillor and North Lanarkshire Council leader Jim McCabe presented the centre managing committee with a commemorative plaque.

Councillor McCabe said: “I’m proud to say I have been associated with the Focus Youth Centre since before it was even created; before I was even a councillor.

“It is a fantastic organisation which has brought a real difference to many hundreds, if not thousands, of young people in Viewpark.”

The centre provides a huge range of educational and training opportunities as well as outward bound-style events at its own ‘cabin’ at Portavadie in Argyll and European Youth exchanges.

Development manager George Campbell thanked everyone who has given the centre their support over the last 20 years and continue to do so.

He said: “Local people fought for nearly six years to see the centre created back in 1993 and they have never stopped supporting it.

“Back then Viewpark had very little to offer its younger residents and now we have a thriving and expanding centre which is the envy of many.

“But it is all down to sheer hard work and dedication of the part of the management committee.”

The exhibition runs in Bellshill Cultural Centre until Monday, October 28.

For more information on the work of the Focus Youth Centre visit Focus Youth Centre