New Youth Cafe For Barnstaple Teens
By molliemf | Thursday, November 29, 2012, 12:18
Eighty-nine signatures were collected on a
proposal for a new youth café in Barnstaple town. Students who took part in the
National Citizen Service, over the summer found that Barnstaple lacks safe
places for teens to socialise in.
Youth House, was established to hopefully achieve this but because it is only
open a few times a week and focuses on providing an area for other community
groups to meet and operate, limited numbers of teens actually know of the place
was to have a new youth café, like existing ones in Braunton and Ilfracombe,
where teens can get together, take part in activities or games, have snacks and
chat with friends. The café would be government funded and would require few
staff. Members of the group thought it would be good for a new setting for
teens and young adults to socialise that would be available in the evenings and
on Saturdays. Not only will it give young people a place to go especially in
the winter, but also offers a place for people to make new friends. Having a
safe environment for young people to go to would hopefully reduce the amount of
youth crime that takes place around the town centre.
one of the members who came up with the proposal, said "We think it'd be
great to have it in one of the empty shops in town to also help improve the
look of the town." A new youth café in the high street would be easy for
young people to get to as it is central to Barnstaple, allowing more people to
proposal was put in place, North Devon District Council have considered the petition
and is to be further discussed with the Executive for further consideration.