Barnet Unitas is a new facility located in Burnt Oak is a specially created safe space for young people aged 8- 19 (and up to 25 for those with a disability) in Barnet to engage in sports, arts, music, dance and employability courses.
The Unitas Youth Zone boasts a Sports Hall, fitness suite, boxing room and areas dedicated to creative pursuits like music production. Young people pay just £5 per year to be a member and 50p each time they visit.
Unitas officially opens on Sunday 23rd June, just in time for those young people who might have left school after exams and for the approaching school holidays.
The Youth Zone has created 50 jobs plus over one hundred volunteering opportunities and is preparing to welcome thousands of young people.
The Youth Zone has been developed by the national charity OnSide Youth Zones, which has worked with Barnet Council as strategic partners.
OnSide has been working in Barnet for over two years now, setting up a Development Group consisting of local young people to help the charity make key decisions for the Youth Zone. These include coming up with the name ‘Unitas’, helping the building’s architects decide the internal layout, interviewing potential staff members and spreading the word to the wider Barnet community.
Everything you need to know about the Unitas Youth Zone is on their website here.
Pictured: Former Barnet Mayor Cllr Reuben Thompstone and Councillor David Longstaff, Chairman of Barnet Council’s Children, Education and Safeguarding Committee at the hoardings outside the site.