We began with a vision, a dream that saw the people of an impoverished and neglected inner-city community being set free from all that stopped them realizing and reaching their full potential in life.
We are committed to providing opportunities, activities, mentoring and support for children and young people in Nechells, and to further their interests by working with their families, other agencies and the community as a whole.
1998SUPPORT GROUP CREATEDDevelopment of a support group for dads and an attempt at a community musical performance called Hopes & Dreams.
1999FREE@LAST WAS ESTABLISHEDfree@last was established to develop and structure our work and was finally registered as a charity in December 1999 and a limited company in 2003.
free@last is committed to providing
opportunities, activities, mentoring and support
for children and young people in Nechells, and to
further their interests by working with their
families, other agencies and relevant
To engage children and young people in a range of developmental and progressive activities which provide opportunities for success and to broaden their horizons.
To support children and young people through life’s challenges and difficulties.
To support their families to provide the best possible environment for their children to grow, develop and flourish.
To take a multi-agency approach to improving the lives of children and young people.
Our journey over the past few years has seen the need for our own youth facility evolve into a brand new youth and community centre. But this new place is not just a building, it is a beacon of hope and aspiration for the people of Nechells. Our aim is to provide a facility that is open to all who live and work in Nechells, regardless of age, race, religion, culture, lifestyle etc., but we don’t just want a building to run projects from, we want to be a centre for change. Whether encouraging young people to explore entrepreneurialism, developing cross generational clubs and performance groups or exploring a world outside Nechells, our Big Build is now focused on building peoples’ lives and enabling each and every person, who invites us to become involved with their lives, to live life to the full.