The trend youth cafe officially opened 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.
The Mocktail bar will be open at trend on Thursday 12th March from 15:30 to 18:00.
Rachel Brown, a staff member at Trend, explains:
“Mocktails are non-alcoholic healthy equivalents of Cocktails, which laden with calorie rich booze!
“We are non killjoys, we just want young people to be aware of the dangers of drinking too much alcohol, and pointing out that you can have a pleasant drink without getting drunk.
“Many teenagers are concerned about their weight and alcohol can be rather high in calories and can cause health problems”.
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 and is open every weekday from 15:30 to 18:00. It is situated opposite the Guildhall and 02 shop. You can call them on 01983 716766.