Published: April 14, 2009
Burnham-On-Sea youth cafe appeals for more volunteers

Burnham-On-Sea's recently-opened youth cafe has this week appealed for more volunteers to come forward to help run the facility.

More adults are needed to help organise the Burnham Area Youth Centre's cafe in Cassis Close, which has become a great success since its launch.

The cafe opened its doors for the first time in March and as well as refreshments, it provides free Internet access, games consoles, a pool table and other entertainment.

Noreen Beckinsale, secretary of the BAY Centre's Local Action Team, told "The cafe has become a great success - we have around 130 children visiting us every week."

"To cope with gthe demand, though, we need more volunteers, particularly on Monday and Tuesday afternoons."

"We need several adults to come forward to help monitor the youngsters. We'll give free training and will also also oversee a CRB check."

"It is extremely rewarding to work with the youngsters and provide them with a facility that they really appreciate and regularly use."

The free cafe is aimed at 11-17 year-olds and is open four days a week. Opening times are for school years 7, 8 and 9 on Mondays from 3.30pm-5.30pm and Tuesdays 3.30pm-6.30pm. The cafe is also open for school years 10, 11 and the 6th Form on Fridays from 8-10pm and Saturdays from 6-10pm.

To volunteer, call Noreen on 07837 737344 or email her here.

Pictured above are the cafe's organisers - Local Action Team Chairman Keith Beckinsale and wife Noreen - who are appealing for more volunteers


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