On Wednesday 26th October, The Youth Pod officially opened in Holyhead.
The Youth Pod is a Mon CF project, funded by the People’s Health Trust and provides a safe and accessible social gathering place for young people living in Holyhead and the surrounding areas.
The Pod is free to attend, and offers the young people opportunities to pursue their own interests in various activities, for example Music workshops, performing, film making, cooking etc. The Pod has a café area where the young people volunteer in and make and serve hot and cold snacks to its members.
The Pod’s opening is, 3.15 pm until and 6.30pm Monday to Friday.
The ethos of the Pod is to support young people to develop, run and manage a provision, which is constantly adapting to reflect changes in needs and interests.
Young people volunteer and are assisted in running the various areas within the Pod and are trained for their job roles. The Pod is accessible to young people from school year’s 8 and above.
(The People’s Health trust is a Health Lottery project)
The funding comes directly from the Health lottery scratch cards so the funding has been allocated back to this area.
Mon CF’ were awarded funding and conducted a community consultation. What was evident was that the community felt that more was needed for young people in the area, with this in mind – Mon CF began working with the Young People to look at / design their perfect youth space.
We’ve been open now since August and it’s been really well received by the young people of Holyhead. On average, we see around 30 young people a night attend with roughly 60 individuals registered so far.We believe the success of the project so far can be attributed to the lengthy consultation process we held within the community, working with the young people of Holyhead at every stage in relation to the design and what they felt they wanted to have happen in the project. This is a unique project and unlike anything else in the area. Different to a Youth Club, we operate more as a café that allows it members to fully get involved in the running of all aspects of the project, from working the café to organizing special events.
However, some young people just use the space to meet up socially and take advantage of the computers, x-box, ps4, PlayStation, pool table, cinema room and of course the free Wi-Fi.
Andrew Williams – Youth Team Manager