Photos of the Shalom Youth Center in Grimsby over the 50 years it has helped the community


The center opened in 1972 and has been helping community members ever since.

It has been 50 years since the Shalom Youth Center opened its doors and has welcomed thousands of children and teenagers at this time.

The center has provided them with a safe place to play and learn since 1972, when Canon John Ellis founded it. He still leads the project today with a team of key workers and volunteers.

The project has just received a well-deserved grant of £125,000 from Sport England which will provide redevelopment so that the Rutland Street center can stay open for even longer each day. The Shalom Youth Center is responsible for so many great memories for those who visit it.

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We’ve rounded up some of those memories in these 14 incredible photos below. They include the retirement of longtime volunteer Pauline Hollies, who worked at the center for nearly 30 years before stepping down in September 2011.

In the summer of 1990 a trip was organized by members from Copenhagen and Grimsby when a group of 15 students from a youth center in Blovstrod came to Grimsby. It was funded by the Youth Exchange Center and the students got a first-hand look at how their descendants lived in Britain.

Students were invited to Havelock school where they took part in art, theater and music lessons.

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