Youth cafe opens in Norwich church hall
A new-look youth cafe this week opened the doors at its first permanent home, in a Norfolk church, nearly three years after its members began meeting.
The Sprowston Youth Engagement Project (SYEP) offers a safe place for teenagers aged 13 to 18 to socialise, learn new skills and get advice.
The group has been in development for over a year, and carries on work begun by the Matthew Project’s Voicebox service, which began operating at Sprowston recreation ground three years ago.
The product of co-operation between bodies including the Matthew Project, Norfolk Constabulary, Momentum, Sprowston Town Council and the Anglican Church, the group was formally opened in its new home at the annexe at St Cuthbert’s Church on October 23.
The weekly sessions will be guided by members, alternating between workshops on graffiti art skills or DJing, and advice on issues such as drug and alcohol abuse. The cafe will also act as a drop-in centre with support available from professionals.
SYEP chairman Rev Canon Simon Stokes said: “It’s a great feeling to finally be open, and a relief too. This is a place for young people who aren’t engaged elsewhere to come and socialise and spend time with others.”
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Picture of St Cuthbert's Church by Simon Knott: www.norfolkchurches.co.uk