Youth café opens in Redbourn

PUBLISHED: 06:43 07 August 2013

Young people in Redbourn now have a place to listen to music, chat and make smoothies on Friday evenings following the opening of a youth café

Young people in Redbourn now have a place to listen to music, chat and make smoothies on Friday evenings following the opening of a youth café

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A TWO-year project has culminated in the opening of a new café in Redbourn which is aimed solely at providing space for the village’s young people to relax and socialise.

The café was recently launched at Redbourn Recreation Centre, Dunstable Road, to give young locals a place to listen to music, chat and make smoothies on Friday evenings.

St Albans district Cllr Maxine Crawley and Redbourn parish Cllr Vivienne Windle initiated the project after teenagers told them they struggled to feel connected to Redbourn because of the lack of a local secondary school.

Cllr Crawley explained: “There was nowhere for teens to go and hang out.”

She and Cllr Windle took their idea, originally for a shake bar, to the Redbourn Youth Council, which supported the move.

Local young people collaborated with both councillors and the youth council, giving advice on the design of their new space.

And the result is a venue which boasts a smoothie maker, audio equipment, bean bags and an Xbox. A youth worker manages the café, which is open every Friday from 7.30-10pm.

Cllr Crawley said: “The teens love it. It’s a success story for Redbourn.”


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