Youth Centre opens doors again
NEWQUAY Youth Centre opened its doors to provide activities for the first time in more than five years on Saturday.
More than 100 youngsters and their parents attended the launch event at the facility in Whitegate Road and enjoyed a silent disco, bubble football, skateboarding, face painting and pool. Young People Cornwall has started a You Decide programme, which will provide weekly youth groups for youngsters aged between 11 to 19 on a Monday and Thursday between 6pm and 9pm.
Big wave professional surfer Tom Butler cut the ribbon at the opening, which was also attended by Peter Sidebottom, who managed the facility between the 1960s and 1990s, as well as Jacqui Price, a former youth worker, and Nigel Price, a handyman helper, who both helped at the centre between 1984 and 1996.
The youth centre sessions will offer fun and positive activities, sports, arts, workshops, trips,
advice and guidance, while the scheme’s vision is for young people and communities to ‘grow their own’ youth provision.
Toni Robinson, who will be running the centre, said: “The launch event was a massive success. It was great to finally meet so many young people and parents. It has been more than five years since there has been youth work at the centre.
“We will organise workshops around sexual health, alcohol awareness, healthy eating and CV writing to get young people engaged. We will also put on trips during school holidays.
“I would like the youth centre to be led by young people as much as possible. It is theirspace.
“It was great to have Tom unveil the facility as he is an icon that young people look up to. Peter gave us lots of good advice. He stated how important it is to organise a programme for the future otherwise the youngsters will get bored.
“I would like to thank the Young People Cornwall team, Loafers for donating food, local businesses that have supported the launch event and Claire Clough for making cakes.
“If anyone wants to volunteer we have packs available. People can
contact us through our website.”
Tom Butler said: “It was great to be asked to open the youth centre and it was a great turnout. It is where I played football from the age of seven. I also used to go there skateboarding and rollerblading on the ramps and rail grinds.
“It was nice to meet Peter Sidebottom who ran the youth centre from the 60s onwards. I’m wishing Toni and all volunteers the best of luck for the centre sessions ahead.”
Peter Sidebottom added: “I’m really pleased to see Newquay Youth Centre open again. It was really popular back in the day when I was running it.
“Even though the youth centre is now off the ground, it will need a lot of hard work to keep it going.”