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About Us

Next Generation is youth & community organisation, based in central Wakefield in the Lightwaves Leisure & Community Centre. Together with the local community, children & young people and a wide range of partners we aim to Dream, Believe, Achieve! Here’s a short overview of our activities. More information can be found in the different sections.

Working with Children & Young People

At Next Generation we organise all kinds of activities for children and young people (aged 8 to 19). During the week we have several groups at Lightwaves. We use the leisure and sport facilities, and our YouthZone with computers, internet access, Playstation, Nintendo WII, games, arts & crafts, pool and fussbal table and kitchen. On the Stanley Royd playing fields we do outdoor sport & play activities. We go out on trips, walks, visits and workshops to get some new experiences and to have fun.

Working with local residents

We support community meetings to discuss and work on local issues, developments & opportunities. The meetings provide a platform for residents and organisations – like the Police, Council, schools- to meet, talk and work together at improving the quality of living. The community asset transfer and management of the Lightwaves facility by establishing Lightwaves Community Trust is an example of what we have worked on recently.

Over the years we have been involved in organising all kinds of events, like Street Parties, Sport Relief Miles, ‘Kick It Out’ anti-racism tournaments, Community Clean-ups with the Council, Cricket School of Excellence with the Yorkshire Cricket Club.