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Carlisle Youth Zone’s new head of fundraising has issued a warning to the people of Carlisle that its Youth Zone needs to be considered as a charity and requires constant funding to help it give the City’s young people the best possible start in life.
Colin Powell, the new Business Development Manager, joins the Youth Zone from a similar position with Eden Valley Hospice and, with over 17 years experience in charity fundraising, brings a wealth of knowledge to the Youth Zone team.
Powell has unrivalled expertise in the voluntary and fundraising sector working for previous charities such as Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland and MacMillan Cancer Relief.
He will bring experience in all areas of public fundraising, encouraging and obtaining donors and introducing more sustainable funding streams to the Youth Zone.
In his time at Eden Valley Hospice, Powell helped revolutionise the finances of the charity by engaging businesses and the local community in innovative fund raising schemes and ideas.
Powell’s novel approach to raising money for charities helped him introduce the hugely successful Forth Bridge Abseil over 10 years ago and it continues to raise over £100,000 each time it’s held.
Searching for a new challenge, he is keen to work with young people and help make a difference to Carlisle’s younger generation. But Powell recognises that many people don’t see the Youth Zone as a charity and urges parents and businesses to reassess their charitable donations with a view to provide more support to the Youth Zone.
Carlisle Youth Zone, which was opened earlier this year, now has over 1600 members and provides important facilities and activities to help serve the social, recreational and emotional needs of young people in the area whenever schools are closed.
Colin Powell, Carlisle Youth Zone Business Development Manager, said: “I’m delighted with my new appointment at the Youth Zone and I’m very much looking forward to making a positive contribution to the young people of our region. However, the people of Carlisle need to view the Youth Zone as a charity which very much depends on donations from members of the public and local businesses for its survival. My challenge is to help raise over £14,000 per week to keep the Youth Zone running. The City has a real need for a facility like this to give its young people, the adults of the future, the best possible start in life.”
David Allen, Chairman of Carlisle Youth Zone, said: “We welcome Colin to this extremely important position within our team. I firmly believe the expertise and experience he brings will make a significant contribution to the success of the Youth Zone and the positive impact it has on our young people and the communities in which they live.”
CAPTION: Tim Loughton, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Children and Families and Sue Pennycook, Chief Executive of Carlisle Youth Zone at the official opening of the Carlisle Youth Zone earlier this year.