Internet cafe and drop-in centre for youngsters

YOUNGSTERS in Axbridge could soon have their own internet cafe and drop-in centre. Axbridge Town Council is hoping to start up drop-in sessions for youngsters once a week. St John the Baptist Church has agreed to let the children use the church rooms as a

YOUNGSTERS in Axbridge could soon have their own internet cafe and drop-in centre.Axbridge Town Council is hoping to start up drop-in sessions for youngsters once a week.St John the Baptist Church has agreed to let the children use the church rooms as a base and members of the town and county council are also planning to visit the drop-in centre to find out what other services and facilities the youngsters would like.Mayor of Axbridge Barry Hamblin said: "When we did our Parish Plan a lot of young people said they would like a drop-in centre with internet facilities."We felt this would be an excellent way to give the children what they want. We also thought it would be a good way to meet the children on middle ground and chat to them about what they want in the town."I think it will be an excellent initiative for the town. It will enable the town council to gauge what the young people want and hopefully we can provide some of the things they ask for."The council already has computers for the youngsters to use and members are hoping to fund the cost of insurance through grants.Axbridge Action Group, the police, the church and Somerset County Council's youth service are backing the initiative.But the council is still looking for a group to run the drop-in centre and supervise the youngsters.It is hoping to run the sessions once a week for a month to see how popular they are, before deciding whether to make the centre permanent.Any group interested in running the drop-in sessions for the youngsters can contact the council via the website at www.axbridge-tc.gov.uk


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