Bedale and Villages Community Plan Forum member, Bob
Pocklington and volunteer worker Craig Coates from Bedale
YOUNG people from Bedale celebrated the opening of a new town centre youth venue last week.
‘X-Nihilo’ provides them with a safe place to meet to get a drink, watch TV, play pool and use computers. It also gives them access to information, guidance and support from specialist advice agencies.
The need for a youth venue was first identified through consultation undertaken by the Bedale and Villages Community Plan Forum. The Forum - established in 2001 - brings together community representatives in order to identify local needs and aspirations and to enhance the quality of life for residents of Bedale and the surrounding villages.
As a result of that work Bedale Youth Venue Ltd was formed at the end of 2007 and the charitable organisation has been working ever since to deliver the project. Its committee is supported by the town and parish councils of Bedale and Aiskew, the Neighbourhood police team, Bedale Chamber of Trade, the Voluntary Services Association, North Yorkshire County Council 4Youth, Hambleton District Council, North Yorkshire Youth, Bedale High School, Extended Services, RAF Leeming, young people and many other organisations.
The creation of this youth venue is an excellent example of what can be achieved if organisations and individuals work together to achieve a common aim
Lawrence Monaghan - NYCC 4 Youth service
“The creation of this youth venue is an excellent example of what can be achieved if organisations and individuals work together to achieve a common aim,” said Lawrence Monaghan, area youth work team leader for NYCC’s 4 Youth service.
“Several local tradesmen and firms provided us with valuable practical help to alter the building to provide a kitchen, coffee bar, lounge, toilets, computer room, pool room, meeting room and office. And we had lots of volunteers working on the building – be it painting in their spare time or installing the new kitchen and toilets.”
Initially the 4Youth Service will be holding a drop in Youth Café every Monday and Thursday night – it is hoped that with volunteer help they will be expanded to other times of the week. Anyone willing to help should contact Allyson Marr on 01677 427949; Lawrence Monaghan on 01609 536162; or email firstname.lastname@example.org