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Youth centre plan for former St Asaph bank

Published date: 02 January 2013 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall
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PLANS for a Youth Centre and an Internet Cafe have been earmarked to open in St Asaph.

The pop in centre will be will be set up in the former HSBC building on the High Street.

The initiative is being led by the former Mayor of St Asaph, John Smith, who has identified the need for additional youth provision in the City.

“There is a lot of local support and evidence of need for this type of facility,” said Mr Smith. “We have gathered feedback from young people and are taking their views on board.

“The building will provide a range of facilities, catering for a broad age range and we hope to have the provision up and running early in 2013.”

He added, the initiative has so far received support from agencies including North Wales Police, the Fire Service and local schools.

Also, sixth form pupils from Ysgol Glan Clwyd have consulted with young people enabling them to put together a 'bucket list' for the project, which will provide free computer and internet access, snack facilities, a pool table and games consoles, as well as practical support with CV writing, job searching and interview skills.

There will also be the opportunity for young volunteers to help run the centre with the support of paid staff. 

Mr Smith, said: “Local agencies who recently attended a site visit of the building and presentation have since expressed an interest in using the facility for 'hot desks' when it is not being used by young people.

“It is expected that Prestatyn Pop In Centre will manage the new facility for a period of up to 12 months - as a registered charity they have the appropriate structure and experience for undertaking this work.”

The Pop In Centre delivers a wide range of services and support for young people from the ages of nine-25 years.

Manager of the centre, Jonathan White, said: “We are pleased to be working with the community of St Asaph.”

The building will open for three sessions per week providing two sessions for youths aged 16+ and one session for under 16's.

For more information contact John Smith on 01745 584651.

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