The trend youth cafe opening officially in December in Newport’s High Street, and this year has seen dozens of young people coming through its doors. The cafe is an idea from the Island’s Footprint Trust charity, known by many for its work with young people in schools and older people through its energy conservation projects.
This cafe is rather different from any other you are likely to come across. One reason is that it is specifically aimed at those aged 11 to 20 years old, the other being that it specialises in Upcycling old safe items into designer trendy items!
One very popular item is hedgehogs made out of old damaged paperbacks! Every weekday young people can be found in the cafe, having discovered a safe and friendly place to hang around, away from complaining adults!
Speaking for the Footprint Trust, their General manger Ray Harrington-Vail said,
“All too often young people are all too often depicted as being trouble on the Island, where in fact the opposite is true. Demonising young people by constantly going on about drunk and anti-social behaviour just creates an irrational fear of them. We are providing a trendy place for them to meet up and do something positive…”
Students from Carisbrooke College have painted a wonderful mural, on the wall of the cafe, which formerly was the gentlemen’s outfitters Osborne’s. Young people visiting the cafe have free access to Wi-Fi and laptop computers, along with cheap drinks and snacks. Already The cafe has hundreds of followers on twitter from all over the world and others are following its progress on Facebook.
Island’s Youth MP Will Matthews, who officially opened the cafe, said,
“I think projects like this show a real sense of community. It is great that young people finally have somewhere safe and friendly to go in Newport and I look forward to using it myself!”
The trend youth cafe can be found 30 High Street Newport, Isle of Wight, and is open every weekday from 3.30pm to 6pm. It is situated opposite the Guildhall and 02 shop. You can call them on 01983 716766.
You can find out more about the project at http://footprint-trust.co.uk/trend.html and follow them on twitter.com/trendIW and find out about all the Youth Offer projects at https://www.facebook.com/iwyouthoffer
The Footprint Trust has been awarded funding by the Isle of Wight Council’s Youth Offer, over a three-year period, to run the trend Project. The Trust was set up in 2002 to reduce the ‘ecological footprint’ of the Isle of Wight, and achieves this by running practical projects, that help people and the local environment. The charity was recently was given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary service due to its service to the Isle of Wight community.