PLANS for a state-of-the-art extension to develop arts and media opportunities for Oldham's young people have been announced for Mahdlo youth zone.

The facility, funded by The Stoller Charitable Trust, will be enable the charity to offer open mic music, comedy, drama and dance events for the young people of Oldham to be involved in.

The new space, constructed on land adjoining the youth centre on Egerton Street, will also enhance work with other partners such as the Coliseum to ensure Mahdlo supports the town's creative and artistic life.

Mike Doran, CEO at Mahdlo, said: “We are all very excited about this new project and would like to thank The Stoller Charitable Trust for their generosity and continued support of Mahdlo."

Steve Beal, Arts Coordinator at Mahdlo added: “Young people are the future and having this opportunity to continue to improve our offer is fantastic. I’m looking forward to working with our partner organisations, such as The Coliseum Theatre, to develop an offer that inspires young people and creates experiences and opportunities that stay with them for years to come."

The new area will be available for hire during the day by local businesses, schools, community groups and other organisations.

Steve Lowe, project manager for The Stoller Charitable Trust said: “One of the areas we focus on supporting is young people, they are the future and need investment.

"We have laid the foundations for some fantastic work between young people, Mahdlo and their partners and for the building to be used by all the community in Oldham.”

Mahdlo, which opening in 2012, is a registered charity and state-of-the-art Youth Zone.

Open whenever schools are closed including daytime, evening and weekends, it provides positive activities and practical support for young people aged 8 – 19 (25 with disabilities) to come together, learn new skills and address any issues they may face.

Yearly membership is just £5 and entrance to each session is just 50p.

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