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An exciting new initiative to provide a safe place for young people to hang out and meet with friends, was launched on Monday. Local youth charity, Young Melksham, opened the doors to its new Youth Cafe at The Canberra Centre.
The Youth Café, which will be free for young people to attend, will be open every Monday and Wednesday between 3pm and 6pm during term time and will provide a safe space to hang out after school.
Youth work manager Gemma Connolly said, “We are so excited to be starting this project. Held at the Canberra Centre every Monday and Wednesday afternoon, we are looking forward to welcoming young people in, to have a chat, play pool or even use our computers to get on with some homework!
“During the afternoon our café will be selling hot and cold snacks and there will always be youth workers on hand to chat too, if someone wanted.”
The initiative has been part funded by the Melksham Area Board through their Local Youth Network funding. Chair of the board of trustees of Young Melksham, cllr Jon Hubbard said, “We are very grateful to the area board for helping to make this project possible. Their funding means that we can open the youth centre and provide a safe space for young people to drop in, have a chat and a catch up.
“We are hoping that by opening up the centre in this way, we can encourage more people to come and see what we do here, but also to offer a venue for young people to come to, not only to socialise, but also to undertake any group work that they may be doing, but also for study or to speak to someone about any challenges they have.”
Vice-chairman of the area board, cllr Jonathon Seed said, “I’m really pleased that we have been able to support this project. Our funding is all about providing positive activities for young people and we applaud this great initiative. I hope that we can continue to work with Young Melksham to help make it sustainable for the future.”
For those who have never been to the Canberra Centre before, it is based on Spa Road next door to the Texaco Garage. More details can be found on the charity’s website at http://youngmelksham.org.uk or by calling 01225 667327.