The Myplace programme was launched by the Government in April 2008. Following three competitive bidding rounds, capital grants of between £1 million and £5 million were awarded for the development of 63 world class youth centres, some multi-site, in deprived areas of the country. (Varying amounts of matched funding were also provided locally.)
Myplace Centres were designed to transform services for young people by becoming hubs through which young people would be offered access to a wide range of advice and support services. Around £240 million of central government capital funding was invested in the programme.
Sheffield Hallam University’s (The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research) evaluation of the Myplace programme (March 2013) concluded:
“The buildings developed under the Myplace capital programme are universally well received and facilities are generally of higher quality than those available to young people elsewhere….Investment in high quality youth facilities and activities attracts more young people to provision and they attend more often.”
The Oracle, Blackpool.
(The Oracle was shortlisted for the 2013 Community Benefit honour, part of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors North West Awards.)