Grand opening at Orangebox

Opening of the Orange Box youth project in Halifax.
Opening of the Orange Box youth project in Halifax.

A state-of the-art young people’s centre in Halifax has been officially opened.

The Orangebox, a £3.9 million myplace funded partnership led by Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, has been created on a disused fruit and vegetable market on Thomas Street.

The Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Ann Martin, opened proceedings in front of the crowd of councillors, youngsters and guests.

Katy Pogue, a member of Orangebox’s youth board, said: “This is an opportunity for young people from Calderdale and beyond to explore all the exciting facilities.

“I’ve been on the youth board for five years, since the beginning.

“I got involved because there was nowhere for young people to feel like home.

“Orangebox is a place where young people can do all kinds of activities, feel safe and be able to express themselves.”

A youth led project, the design and development of Orangebox has been championed by hundreds of young people giving their free time to create the centre that they really want.

A stone from Imove’s Wordstones project was also unveiled at the centre.

Wordstones is a new trail of stones across the Calder Valley, carved with words written by some of Calderdale’s most talented young writers and grew from Stanza Stones, an imaginative collaboration between Simon Armitage, Ilkley Literature Festival and imove, Yorkshire’s largest Cultural Olympiad programme.

The afternoon also showcased the centre’s facilities - including climbing wall, rooftop skate-park, recording studios and art workshops.