At the centre Latest news Centre secures £78,812 youth funding from Children in Need! The Dorothy Parkes Centre in Smethwick has been allocated a three-year grant of £78,812 to provide a weekly youth club and holiday activities for disadvantaged children and young people facing poverty and deprivation locally. Through the programme of support the project aims to build the young people’s life skills and improve their overall health and wellbeing whilst increasing their confidence and self-esteem for the future. Robert Bruce, Chief Executive Officer at Dorothy Parkes Centre, commented on the funding award, saying: “This funding really will go on to make a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged children and young people locally. Through engaging with enjoyable social activities their skills and confidence levels will improve, helping them to feel happier and more empowered for a positive and fulfilled future. Thank you, BBC Children in Need." The youth club, for those aged 11 - 18, was launched on 8th October and is being led by our Senior Youth Worker, Karl Blick, supported by three newly recruited Sessional Youth Workers, Zahra, Ayesha & Nicky.