Kettering youth centre transformed and now fit for future

Keystone Youth Centre has been officially reopened after a �120,000 transformation

Keystone Youth Centre has been officially reopened after a �120,000 transformation

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A house left in trust ‘to the young people of Kettering’,transformed by a £120,000 facelift, has been officially reopened.

Keystone Youth Centre, formed in 1962, in a large Victorian house in Rockingham Road, Kettering, has undergone a three-year-long ‘eco refurbishment.’

Work on The Keystone Fit For the Future project started in early 2012 to transform the run down Keystone building.

The scheme ended up becoming the UK’s largest ever volunteer led ‘eco refurbishment’ with more than 100 recruits taking part.

In his thanks, chairperson of Keystone, Dave Lane said: “Whilst there are so many people to thank for their help and support, we really hold a special appreciation to all the team from St Andrew’s Church without whom Keystone would not have been transformed and may have even been lost for good.”

He added: “The icing on the cake though is the partnership with Youth Works CIC who are a highly professional team who play a critical role in services for Kettering and Corby’s young people and families.

“Their involvement really does now make Keystone properly fit for the future”.

The building has become home to Johnny’s Happy Place who provide a community ‘Happy Cafe’ and The Compound outdoor gym.

Keystone offers a wide range of services to improve the health and well-being of young people and their carers including counselling and family support.