Ever wondered what we do?
The goals of the Cafe are to :
1) Provide education to children from 12 - 18 on a variety of subjects to reduce teenage pregnancy, drug, alcohol & substance abuse and smoking.
2) Provide a drop in centre to provide adhoc advice and support on subjects such as homework, bullying and career guidance.
3) Provide a safe environment for youngsters to use the internet, interact with other youngsters and generally stay off the street
7.00pm-8.25pm every weekday morning
3.00pm-5.00pm every weekday afternoon
6.30pm-8.30pm-Monday & Friday
In 2005 several people suggested the idea of a Youth Café in Bewdley and registered the organisation as a Charity.
The project was to provide somewhere for the young people of Bewdley to call their own where they could meet in safety. It was hoped they would find somewhere to ‘chill’ and to enhance their educational needs and discuss their problems.
A Board of Trustees was formed to deal with all legal matters and the day to day organisation and running of the Café.
The application to the Lottery for funding was successful and the grant was sufficient to pay for the rent of the premises and any work which would be needed to the internal structure.
The Lottery Commission insisted that a Young Peoples Board would be formed and that the Café would have a membership of 200 within 2 years. This number has already been exceeded.
Premises were eventually found at 54 Load Street, which required a great deal of renovation work. This work was carried out by the Community Housing Group at minimal cost for which the Trustees are extremely grateful.
We have a full-time employed Manager and it is hoped, as soon as funding is available, that another paid worker can assist her to allow the Café to open for longer hours. At present we have a number of volunteers who help out at the Café on a daily basis.
The Young People who use the Café are very keen to suggest the activities they would like and all are working together to make these happen.
Various events are organised inside and away from the Café and also funding has been obtained to purchase further equipment for the young people to use.
There is still a lot of work to be done and the Trustees will continue to ensure the Café is run properly for the benefit of the youth.
We were delighted with the feed back we received back as to the photographic exhibition we mounted in the Library.