Brand new retreat built for youngsters

Co-ordinator for Launch Pad Danielle Phillips and Charles bate, chairman of the board of governors at the Jubilee Centre, pictured with some of the youngsters in the new lottery-funded wooden lodge...
Co-ordinator for Launch Pad Danielle Phillips and Charles bate, chairman of the board of governors at the Jubilee Centre, pictured with some of the youngsters in the new lottery-funded wooden lodge...
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INNOVATIVE youngsters have designed their own little retreat, thanks to a cash injection.

Young people at the Launch Pad Youth Zone have a special place to relax, as well as a zone to carry out education sessions covering drugs, alcohol and sexual health.

The 20ft by 10ft wooden lodge, which has been built outside the Jubilee Centre, in Farringdon, has been kitted out with sofas, stools and equipment chosen by the youngsters.

Jemma Amer, centre manager, said: “The young people have named it the Snug and they were all eager to get inside.

“Although it’s only been open for a few days, they absolutely love it and think it’s great. It was all the young people’s idea and they were involved in the decision-making process.

“They wanted it to be used as a chill-out space as well for issue-based work so if there’s any drugs or alcohol awareness sessions, or anything like that, they can use that quiet setting.”

The youth group applied for Awards for All lottery funding to pay for the project in December.

After being given £8,075 they chose the lodge but its installation was delayed by the heavy snow.

Once it was built, a full planning and fire safety check then had to be carried out before it was opened to the youngsters last week.

Jemma added: “During the winter, we get more and more people coming to the youth project and we’re running out of space.

“We have a small outside garden area but it’s too cold for the young people to stand out there in the winter so they come up with the idea of building a small lodge.

“The lodge can be used regardless of the weather and has improved our youth space while developing the garden area we had that was under-utilised.”

The Launch Pad is open to people aged 11 to 19, from the area.

For more information, visit www.jubileecentre.net.

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