Moss Side Millennium Powerhouse is a purpose-built youth centre in Moss Side, Manchester. Established in 2000 via a Millennium Lottery grant, the building hosts a range of service providers, including a library, Connexions service, and EMERGE, the mental health support service for 16 and 17 year olds. Across the week, various youth and community services utilise the range of spaces and facilities to offer a wide variety of services.
The Powerhouse is managed by a Board of Trustees/Directors and has a small staff team of 3 full-time and 2 part-time workers. The Board is supported by a strategic working group, which includes local authority officers. The Powerhouse works mainly with young people aged 8 to 25 but also has wider community benefit through library, leisure services and access to community facilities.
The Moss Side Millennium Powerhouse was built in 1999 on the site of the old Moss Side Youth Club. It is a multi-functional centre for local young people.
Located on Raby Street, in the heart of Moss Side, the Powerhouse forms a key part of one of the most comprehensive regeneration programmes in Europe and is pioneering a holistic model for youth work across the UK, Europe and beyond. Since 2011 the building has hosted a range of youth providers and it continues to change and adapt as funding is reduced and needs change in the area.
Created to celebrate the diversity of Moss Side’s youth, the building embraces the needs, interests and aspirations of young people and is a model for youth centres in the 21st century.
The new building was designed by MBLA and was the result of extensive collaboration between architects, local young people, health, sports, crime prevention, education, training, careers and employment agencies.
The youth club photographs on this website are from the original Moss Side Youth Club / Powerhouse archives and were taken at the site in the 1980s and 1990s.