The meeting hub has been set up by Leicestershire County Council’s IMPACT Project following consultations with residents and teenagers about provision for young people in the area.
Young people told officers they would like a safe, warm place where they could meet with their friends and socialise.
Based at Roundhill Academy, the youth café is available to young people aged 11 to 16 and will be open from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Fridays.
Joe Orson, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for safer communities, said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with partners to help set up the Thurmaston Youth Café. Its development really is a testament to the local residents who are prepared to volunteer their time in their local community to improve and develop a provision for young people.”
The youth cafe will also host activities focussing on music, arts and sports, and aims to help reduce and prevent anti-social behaviour in the village. Young people will also be encouraged to take part in activities that will help sustain the facility.
The IMPACT Project, which is part of the county council’s Youth Offending Service, has set up the youth cafe in partnership with Hand on Youth Support Service delivered through Deazle Recruitment & Consultancy, county councillor Kate Knaggs, the police and Thurmaston Action Group.
It has also received funding and support from Leicestershire Big Society Fund, Metropolitan Housing and Roundhill Academy School in Thurmaston.
For more information on Leicestershire County Council’s Youth Offending Service please visit: www.leics.gov.uk/youthjustice