Bovey Tracey Youth Café

For ages 11 to 18: Meet friends, make new ones, play pool, air hockey, watch TV or a DVD. Do arts and crafts. Use an Xbox 360, PS3,Wii and surf the net. Really cheap hot and cold snacks, sweets and drinks.

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Bovey Tracey Youth Café was set up by a group of like minded individuals who recognised that Bovey Tracey and the surrounding area had a potential problem with the lack of facilities for teenagers.

Local and national charities as well as Ugbrooke Environmental and SWERDA funded the purchase and setting up of our Café in Fore Street, which opened in March 2002. Running costs were financed by Leader Plus and donations from charities and individuals.

Revenue funding has been increasingly difficult to source and the Town Council realising the essential nature of our work has recently stepped in to help. The goal is to secure the future of the Café by spreading the funding load and thereby freeing up our Managers so that they will be able to concentrate on their work with the young people.

The services offered to teenagers range from 'somewhere to go', various different activities, to support, help and information on a range of issues to empower young people to stay healthy and safe, (including healthy eating, sexual health and drug and alcohol abuse). However, the personal involvement goes further than that and the young adults find they always have someone to talk to when, as we all know, this can, sometimes, be difficult at home.

My interest in this charity and the support I have given it, stems from my happy memories of my village halls as a teenager.

The 'village hall' has largely disappeared now and hence young teenagers have less to keep them occupied. The speed of modern life means they have less support through their teen years not just at home but also from the community at large. The Bovey Tracey Youth Café has largely filled this vacuum and I believe it is an essential element in the need for community responsibility and youth development.

Since the Café came into existence it has helped to reduce antisocial behaviour in Bovey, responsibility amongst the young has greatly improved and the town is receiving a direct benefit from its existence.

I would like to commend the Café to you and ask that you help support it financially in what are trying times for charities and small communities such as ours. Please consider giving a small but regular donation by standing order with your bank, this is not only rewarding but of immense help to the charity; the necessary form is attached. If you prefer just a single donation by cheque would be equally welcome.

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Bovey Tracey Youth Café

Pixie Corner, 9 Fore Street,
Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AD

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