This lunchtime I had a great meeting with two of the people behind Jericho's and Liberty House in Tower Street in Launceston. We were discussing the idea of a youth cafe for Launceston.
A youth cafe would give young people a space to meet and to be themselves, doing whatever they want to do in a safe environment. The aim behind it is about generating a sense of community and helping young people to interact more with their peers and to make the best of themselves. It wouldn't involve structured activities - but would allow opportunities for young people to decide for themselves if they wanted anything more organised. There would also be someone on hand to point people in the right direction if they want to know more about a particular issue or to get involved with a particular event.
One advantage of this project are that it would be a space dedicated to young people on a regular basis that isn't in a pub. At the moment there is so little to do in our town for young people that they end up either sitting at home or going to the pub under age. We have a few projects started recently - including the skate park and the acoustic night at Jericho's - and these are great. A youth cafe would be one more option.
This project is still very much in the early days. Issues of funding and timing still need to be addressed, but full marks to everyone at Liberty House for thinking of this.
The next stage is to get the buy in of young people in our town. So if you have any ideas about this project, please get in touch or leave your thoughts below.