Plans for a new youth hub that would offer a multi-purpose, educational space for young people in Stamshaw have been submitted for approval by Portsmouth City Council.

Image of youth hub located in Stamshaw

Stamshaw adventure playground already provides free fun activities for children up to 13 years old. As previously reported, the council received a grant of £500,000 from BAE Systems to create this new facility and offer services primarily aimed at those aged between 14 and 24. During the day, it will offer those not in employment, education or training access to a range of educational services, advice, and support from a careers adviser and local experts, including the council’s employability team. There is potential for other providers, including BAE Systems, to deliver science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and careers sessions, to make the best use of the new facility.  In the evening, the hub will host a youth club offering a wide range of activities.

The council has worked with users of the playground as well as nearby residents to understand their views on what is required. The proposed building will be located at the south end of Stamshaw playground and is designed to be environmentally friendly and to sit on the existing site with limited impact on neighbouring land.

Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education, said: “Being able to plan a future is so important for young people in our city. This commitment to training and activities will help our young people to find a way forward and provide them with trusted adults who can help, guide and advise them.”

Scott Jamieson, Managing Director of Maritime Services at BAE Systems, said: “As a major employer in Portsmouth, we are committed to supporting the local community and this new hub will help young people develop their skills and access the services they need to improve their future.”

You can read and comment on the plans on the council’s planning portal. Comments close on Wednesday 14 February 2024.

There are four youth clubs in the city offering a range of fun activities for children aged between 11 and 19 years.  Activities and times vary from youth club to youth club, but all are generally open evenings Monday to Friday, and some offer daytime sessions for young people who are not in education, employment or training.