Southwell Youth Cavern
We’ve all been affected by COVID in different ways and our Young People are no exception. In particular they’ve lost a lot of school time and been isolated from their friends for large spells (and we all know what that feels like). We’re all hoping that 2022 will be the beginning of a rebuilding year (COVID allowing) and we’d like to help our young people to rebuild their community.
Even before COVID hit we felt that we needed a place for the young people of Southwell and the surrounding area to call theirs. We’d identified a space in the basement of the Methodist Church, just behind the Saracen’s Head and had begun to put a team and policies in place before our plans, like so many, were thwarted by COVID. Anyway, we’re regrouping, we’re planning to have another bash at it and we’d like you to be involved.
The plan arose from locals feeling that there was nowhere for the youth of the town to go on a regular basis and a desire to provide a safe space for young people to feel at home. One of the project's team, Rev Peter Hibberts, Minister of Southwell Methodist Church said, “we want the youth of the town to have somewhere safe that they can go and make their own, to feel welcome, to belong.”
The area incorporates a toilet, kitchen and hall space that has been designated for use Tuesday to Saturday and internal building work, funded by the local council and local churches, has already taken place.
The long term plan is to have a five-day-a-week venue where smaller projects can locate and provide activities for young people from Southwell and the surrounding area. But in the short term we want to get an open access Youth Club up and running for children of around high school age.
The project hopes to attract a steering group (of trustees) and an operational group of volunteers which will see the club open for Easter 2022.