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Bright future for Orange Box

Cllr Wilkinson

The Orange Box young people’s facility is reopening on Friday 9 August after extensive refurbishment works.

The newly refurbished building in Halifax town centre will be the new home of Calderdale Council’s Youth Works and Youth Justice Team and will provide a variety of different activities for young people.

Facilities available at the Orange Box include a state-of-the-art recording studio,  a performance room, climbing wall and even a rooftop skate park.

To celebrate the relaunch, the centre is hosting an open day event on Friday 9 August, featuring cooking workshops, partner stalls and free activities including boxercise and art workshops.

Doors will open at 10am with workshops at 12noon, a performance by the Orange Box choir at 1pm, the official ribbon cutting at 2pm and further workshops from 2.30-4pm. Anyone is welcome to the events and activities or to just drop in between 10am and 4pm for a tour of the facility.

Children who are looked after will also be attending as part of a takeover event. The young people will be shadowing councillors and stepping into their role for the day.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Cllr Adam Wilkinson, said:

“The reopening of the Orange Box facility is one of our Cabinet ‘first 100 days’ ambitions and I’m pleased that the high-quality refurbishment works have been completed ahead of schedule.

“It’s a fantastic facility and we want to ensure that it’s utilised as much as possible and its services are accessible to young people across the borough.

“The future really is bright for Orange Box and young people in Calderdale can look forward to an exciting programme of activities in the weeks and months ahead.”

Following the launch, Orange Box will be running a two week summer programme of activities from 12 August including dance, art, sport, music, cooking, bouldering, skating and more. Keep an eye on http://www.orangeboxhalifax.org(external link) for updates.

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