Carrick-on-Suir teenagers now have their very own cafe meeting place to visit and chill out with friends thanks to the town’s Foroige Neighbourhood Youth Project.
The NYP has opened the Carrick-on-Suir Youth Cosy Cafe on the top floor of its youth centre on Kickham Street and is encouraging the town’s young people of secondary school age to hang out there.
Anne Howard of Carrick-on-Suir’s Foroige NYP, said the local office of children’s charity Barnardos was formerly based in the attic area of the centre and when that office closed they decided to convert the space into a cafe for young people.
A E5000 grant from the Dormant Accounts Fund along with a E1000 donation from Comeragh College Parents Association and a donation from the town’s Wurlitzer store financed the conversion of the former office into a colourful and comfortable haven for the town’s teenagers.
Anne said there was a great need for such a “safe hang out space” for young people in the town. While there were plenty of facilities in the town for young people involved in sport, there was very little for those teenagers, who weren’t into sport and just wanted to meet up with their friends.
The cafe is kitted out with a kitchen, television and X-Box and a number of comfortable couches, and accommodates about 15 people at any given time.
It’s open two evenings a week, Mondays and Wednesdays from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the moment but the NYP hopes in the future to increase the number of evenings it’s open and even open the cafe during lunchtimes.
“We have done a huge postering campaign in all the local schools and ran a poster competition in the schools to promote the cafe. We would love more kids to come and visit,” said Anne.
Anyone wishing to find out more about the Cosy Cafe should contact Anne Howard at Carrick-on-Suir’s Foroige NYP at (051) 645967 or (086) 3848160.