Principal York Opens Door To York Youth Centre
Door 84, the York based youth centre and charity, is "thrilled to have been chosen by members of the public to be the official charity of 2018 for The Principal York hotel".
The charity, based in The Groves, York, is a youth centre offering sessions for young people from the age of eight through to 25. The sessions are led by a team of professionals as well as young people and include crafts, baking and play. Door 84 also deliver projects in partnership with external partners these include York City Football Foundation and York City Knights.
With over 100 young people accessing the support of Door 84 each week it’s down to a team of 26 - made up of staff and volunteers including young and supported volunteers - to run the programme, which aims to offer young people a safe and supportive environment where they can make friends and learn new skills.
Ashley Jones, Acting Centre Manager, Door 84 explains: “The aim of Door 84 is to offer all young people in York access to a space where they feel safe to try new things and be themselves. We’re a unique service in York and rely on charitable support and project funding in order to continue to offer our services.
“We grow each year and currently, as well as the weekly sessions, we run trips and residentials for young people plus an adult group – Community Sparks – for adults with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and who maybe struggling with their mental health and over all wellbeing
“We rely on applying for individual project based funding and local charity support. We’re thrilled to have been selected to be The Principal York’s charity of the year. In our initial meeting we had so many ideas and the passion Tracy, Teresa and their team have is fantastic.”
The charity beat other York-based charities – nominated by members of the hotel’s team – to be the first official charity of the year for the hotel.
Tracy Harrison, General Manager, The Principal York, explains: “We work, and will continue to work, with a number of local, regional and national charities. However, we take our role as a part of the York community seriously and we wanted to be able to use the resources available to us to make a more significant impact.
“Working closely with one charity will enable us to build that relationship and carry out that work. We’re thrilled that Door 84 won in our online poll and after our initial meeting we can’t wait to get started. “They are a hugely passionate group of people and there are so many ways we can work together to support them and help fundraise.
“Members of the team – including our Head Chef and Maintenance team – will be attending Door 84 to run classes and workshops where they can share their knowledge as well as offering advice on careers. Plus, the team will assist in general maintenance of the centre including painting and repairs.
“We will be entering a joint team for the Micklegate Run and The Principal will be will be sponsoring Door 84’s Dragon Boat race team.
“There are a number of fundraising opportunities too including a Charity Ball we will host in honour of Door 84. As we work together through the year we’re sure we will continue to think of different ways to work together and offer our support.”
Ashley added: “To have the support and passion of the team at The Principal behind us we’re sure we can achieve some great things this year creating memories, experiences and opportunities for the young people we work with.”
Principal York Opens Door To York Youth Centre, 12th February 2018, 13:07 PM