Store to become retro youth cafe

Kidderminster Shuttle: For the kids: Anne Barker at the site where she will be opening the youth cafe. Buy this photo » For the kids: Anne Barker at the site where she will be opening the youth cafe.

BORED youngsters will soon have somewhere to go and hang out with their pals when a youth cafe opens in Kidderminster.

Business owner Anne Barker is setting up the venture at the former Burtons and Evans’ store to try and get young people off the streets.

There will be computers, gaming machines such as Wii and Xbox, a pooltable and free wifi at the Worcester Street cafe, which will also be open to the general public.

The retro-style youth cafe, which is set to open on September 1, will run from 7am until 9pm to give 11 to 18-year-olds somewhere to go before and after school.

Mrs Barker, who owns holistic store Simply Charming, in Blackwell Street, said: “It’s going to be a chilled-out place for kids and during the day it’s going to be opento the community.

“It will be open at 7am for the childrentohave somewhere togo and chill out before they go to school.

“They will go to school at about 8.45am and from then onwards it will be open to the general public butthere’s nothing stopping anyone coming in for a cup of coffee withthekids inthemorning.”

She saidshe wanted to set up the youth cafe after realising there were thousands of youngsters in the town withnowhere to go.

“Kids would come into the shop and say there’s nothing for them to do,” said Mrs Barker.

“There are between 9,000 and 10,000 children aged between 11 and 18 in this area so they’ve got to go somewhere. The youth cafe is just a place for them to hang out and be with their friends.”

Mrs Barker is looking for people interested in being a part of the cafe’s youth committee, which she is hoping to form in the next two weeks. Anyone interested should contact Mrs Barker on 07584 434087.

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10:56am Thu 18 Apr 13

kjb1 says...

Just what Worcester Street needs .
Just what Worcester Street needs . kjb1

11:36am Thu 18 Apr 13

Aw8093 says...

Just what the town needs someone trying to do good for others..... Just hope it is a hit with youths.
Just what the town needs someone trying to do good for others..... Just hope it is a hit with youths. Aw8093

12:30pm Thu 18 Apr 13

FranOb says...

The Youth Centre has activities 7 days a week in Bromsgrove St.
My worry is that it is said that this cafe would be open to all, not just youth.
At the Youth Centre, and at Bewdley a Youth Cafe, ALL adults are CRB checked.
How would this work with a Youth Cafe, open to all?
The Youth Centre has activities 7 days a week in Bromsgrove St. My worry is that it is said that this cafe would be open to all, not just youth. At the Youth Centre, and at Bewdley a Youth Cafe, ALL adults are CRB checked. How would this work with a Youth Cafe, open to all? FranOb

1:29pm Thu 18 Apr 13

walkerno5 says...

Well, I can see your point Fran to some extent but no-one gets CRB checked when they take their kids along to a soft play area either.

A youth café that lets everyone in is just a café?
Well, I can see your point Fran to some extent but no-one gets CRB checked when they take their kids along to a soft play area either. A youth café that lets everyone in is just a café? walkerno5

1:47pm Thu 18 Apr 13

strawberryscented says...

a youth friendly cafe sounds like a great idea, plus we could do with somewhere nice and informal to chill out in during lunchbreaks, this could be a hit with college students.
a youth friendly cafe sounds like a great idea, plus we could do with somewhere nice and informal to chill out in during lunchbreaks, this could be a hit with college students. strawberryscented

2:24pm Thu 18 Apr 13

FlipC - The Mad Ranter says...

Fran - As walker says I don't recall having a CRB check done at the amusement arcades or riverside attractions when I head down there. My gods there may be children down there right now playing on the fields in proximity to adults who haven't been vetted!

Yes in all seriousness these things need to be taken into consideration, but there are degrees.

I'm sure the actual staff will be checked as in *any job* that specialises in interaction with minors and that will include them keeping an eye on any over-17 that comes in alone without the need to demand paperwork.

Unless this isn't really about that? Interesting to compare and contrast the "Kids would come into the shop and say there’s nothing for them to do,” with "The Youth Centre has activities 7 days a week in Bromsgrove St." hmmm?
Fran - As walker says I don't recall having a CRB check done at the amusement arcades or riverside attractions when I head down there. My gods there may be children down there right now playing on the fields in proximity to adults who haven't been vetted! Yes in all seriousness these things need to be taken into consideration, but there are degrees. I'm sure the actual staff will be checked as in *any job* that specialises in interaction with minors and that will include them keeping an eye on any over-17 that comes in alone without the need to demand paperwork. Unless this isn't really about that? Interesting to compare and contrast the "Kids would come into the shop and say there’s nothing for them to do,” with "The Youth Centre has activities 7 days a week in Bromsgrove St." hmmm? FlipC - The Mad Ranter

5:22pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Craig Bateman says...

A brilliant initiative for the town - just what we need.

I've had the privilege of meeting with Anne twice, and she really is a credit to the whole area!

~ Looking forward to working with Anne in cohesion with Worcestershire Youth Cabinet in the near future
A brilliant initiative for the town - just what we need. I've had the privilege of meeting with Anne twice, and she really is a credit to the whole area! ~ Looking forward to working with Anne in cohesion with Worcestershire Youth Cabinet in the near future Craig Bateman

7:39pm Thu 18 Apr 13

emjaypee says...

Don't knock it, at least we have someone here who is prepared to go out of their way to provide something else for the youth community.
Good luck, we should be applauding this, I hope it is a success.
Don't knock it, at least we have someone here who is prepared to go out of their way to provide something else for the youth community. Good luck, we should be applauding this, I hope it is a success. emjaypee

9:17pm Thu 18 Apr 13

archieromantic says...

What a fantastic idea! I'm a teacher, and when I ask my pupils why they've got in trouble outside of school (of course we hear through the grapevine) they always say that they have nothing to do, so they get bored. This is when they get themselves into trouble. When I was young there were youth centres and free activities for young people all over the place, and that's only 10 years ago or so.

I really hope this is popular.
What a fantastic idea! I'm a teacher, and when I ask my pupils why they've got in trouble outside of school (of course we hear through the grapevine) they always say that they have nothing to do, so they get bored. This is when they get themselves into trouble. When I was young there were youth centres and free activities for young people all over the place, and that's only 10 years ago or so. I really hope this is popular. archieromantic

9:53pm Thu 18 Apr 13

neilhar says...

Did the Sub Ed have the day off? Truly appalling proof reading. Poor show Shuttle.

Great idea for all of the community of course, especially as catering mainly to the youth in answer to their prayers. Perhaps even the beginnings of a different kind of evening economics springing up too for Kidderminster.
Did the Sub Ed have the day off? Truly appalling proof reading. Poor show Shuttle. Great idea for all of the community of course, especially as catering mainly to the youth in answer to their prayers. Perhaps even the beginnings of a different kind of evening economics springing up too for Kidderminster. neilhar

10:11pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Miss Chief says...

What a fantastic initiative. Really deserves a big pat on the back.
What a fantastic initiative. Really deserves a big pat on the back. Miss Chief

9:34am Fri 19 Apr 13

Aw8093 says...

It open to the public in school hours..... Before and after school is for youths..... Thats the way i read it. And the youth centre is a great place but there set activites at least here people can come and go as they please x
It open to the public in school hours..... Before and after school is for youths..... Thats the way i read it. And the youth centre is a great place but there set activites at least here people can come and go as they please x Aw8093

11:41am Fri 19 Apr 13

Grumpy Old Blogger says...

Nice idea. Who is paying? We are all broke!
Nice idea. Who is paying? We are all broke! Grumpy Old Blogger

1:41pm Fri 19 Apr 13

Jonno992 says...

Fair use for the empty voids in the town centre, one shop filled, now for the however many more there are.... get it looking less of a ghost town and more like a community that's doing well,

maybe it would help if the council offered up some support for local businesses looking for premises... just a thought
Fair use for the empty voids in the town centre, one shop filled, now for the however many more there are.... get it looking less of a ghost town and more like a community that's doing well, maybe it would help if the council offered up some support for local businesses looking for premises... just a thought Jonno992

2:52pm Wed 24 Apr 13

GGmommy says...

Great idea - there are not many places left for kids to safely hang out and meet their friends. The Bewdley Youth Cafe plays a vital service to the Young People in Bewdley, lets hope this can be as successful.

As for the Public using it in the daytime - as i see it this is the only way that it has a chance to be sustainable - profits from the daytime can be reinvested to support the Youth programme, something which other youth cafes are currently having to look into! As long as the kids are supervised by CRB checked people there should be no problem surely?
Great idea - there are not many places left for kids to safely hang out and meet their friends. The Bewdley Youth Cafe plays a vital service to the Young People in Bewdley, lets hope this can be as successful. As for the Public using it in the daytime - as i see it this is the only way that it has a chance to be sustainable - profits from the daytime can be reinvested to support the Youth programme, something which other youth cafes are currently having to look into! As long as the kids are supervised by CRB checked people there should be no problem surely? GGmommy

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