Youth cafe nears seven-day target

THE OPENING of a seven-day-a-week youth caf� in Portishead could become a reality before the end of the year.

Portishead Youth Centre, which re-opens on October 3 after a �1million makeover, is currently seeking employed staff to help run a caf� in the Harbour Road building.

The caf� will first be open Monday to Friday between 9am-7pm. If this can be run cost-effectively, plans will be put in place to also open at weekends.

Youth worker Alan Rowe said: “It has always been the intention to have the building in use seven-days-a-week if sufficient funding can be found to cover costs.

“It is hoped the caf� will generate sufficient profits to allow it to operate every day in the near future.”

The caf�, serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and light lunches, will be open from October 3.

Day time activities for pre-school children which include soft play, will run from 9am-3pm, allowing youngsters and their carers to make good use of the new facility.

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It is hoped young people will use the caf� after school, but the facility will be open to the whole community until 7pm. When the youth club is in operation during weekday evenings, the coffee bar will be run by volunteers and youth centre staff.

To give members of the community a preview of the newly-refurbished centre ahead of its opening, the building will be open to the public from 9am-5pm on September 30.

Everyone is invited to take a look around and on the same day a fundraising coffee morning will take place to raise money for MacMillan cancer support and for the Angel Appeal for furnishings at the youth centre.

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