Youth cafe toolkit how to set up and run a youth cafe in Ireland

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/99430
Title:
Youth cafe toolkit how to set up and run a youth cafe in Ireland
Authors:
Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
Publisher:
The Stationary Office
Issue Date:
Apr-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/99430
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
Well, in Paris they have the Eiffel Tower, in New York they have the Statue of Liberty and in London they have Big Ben … but Waterford has something that none of these cities have – Waterford has a Squashy Couch (that’s our youth café!). This toolkit has been developed to help guide YOU in starting up YOUR OWN youth café. So, we were thinking about why we go to Squashy Couch and why would anyone go to a youth café. First of all, it’s a break between school and home, and to be honest it’s a break from school and home. It’s safe and healthy, a secure environment where you get to meet people from other schools. You can pan out and relax, watch telly, do whatever, it’s friendly so you don’t have to worry. Then it’s a place where you’re not judged, there’s nobody looking at you and saying stuff about ‘the youth today’, and the staff look after you, you don’t get shunned or anything. You can have a proper conversation with the staff and they’ll help you if you want information about anything. In our café, the information around the walls is great. There’s stuff about your own life and about things you can do. If you have a question, you can read the stuff on the walls and find out what you need to know and then the staff will help you if you need to go further. We don’t know what we’d do without Squashy. We’ve spent our youth here. The stuff we do on Friday nights is fun and brilliant: we’ve had band competitions, theme nights, Indian nights, American nights, movie nights, art clubs and that. It’s in town and easy to get to. There’s always something to do and someone to talk to. So, YOUR café might be anything from a support for when things aren’t so great to being a place to go and just sit and hang out with friends – and everything in between. The best part is that the young people get to make some decisions about where it is, what it looks like and how it’s organised. Remember, GREAT youth cafés are flexible, so everyone can have a say. What we hoped to achieve when we were setting up our café was a place where young people wanted to go, could have their say, create a ‘home from home’ and a place where being yourself is the ‘norm’.
Keywords:
HEALTH PROMOTION; YOUNG PEOPLE
ISBN:
9781406424942

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorOffice of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairsen
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-20T15:20:28Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-20T15:20:28Z-
dc.date.issued2010-04-
dc.identifier.isbn9781406424942-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/99430-
dc.descriptionWell, in Paris they have the Eiffel Tower, in New York they have the Statue of Liberty and in London they have Big Ben … but Waterford has something that none of these cities have – Waterford has a Squashy Couch (that’s our youth café!). This toolkit has been developed to help guide YOU in starting up YOUR OWN youth café. So, we were thinking about why we go to Squashy Couch and why would anyone go to a youth café. First of all, it’s a break between school and home, and to be honest it’s a break from school and home. It’s safe and healthy, a secure environment where you get to meet people from other schools. You can pan out and relax, watch telly, do whatever, it’s friendly so you don’t have to worry. Then it’s a place where you’re not judged, there’s nobody looking at you and saying stuff about ‘the youth today’, and the staff look after you, you don’t get shunned or anything. You can have a proper conversation with the staff and they’ll help you if you want information about anything. In our café, the information around the walls is great. There’s stuff about your own life and about things you can do. If you have a question, you can read the stuff on the walls and find out what you need to know and then the staff will help you if you need to go further. We don’t know what we’d do without Squashy. We’ve spent our youth here. The stuff we do on Friday nights is fun and brilliant: we’ve had band competitions, theme nights, Indian nights, American nights, movie nights, art clubs and that. It’s in town and easy to get to. There’s always something to do and someone to talk to. So, YOUR café might be anything from a support for when things aren’t so great to being a place to go and just sit and hang out with friends – and everything in between. The best part is that the young people get to make some decisions about where it is, what it looks like and how it’s organised. Remember, GREAT youth cafés are flexible, so everyone can have a say. What we hoped to achieve when we were setting up our café was a place where young people wanted to go, could have their say, create a ‘home from home’ and a place where being yourself is the ‘norm’.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe Stationary Officeen
dc.subjectHEALTH PROMOTIONen
dc.subjectYOUNG PEOPLEen
dc.titleYouth cafe toolkit how to set up and run a youth cafe in Irelanden
dc.typeReporten
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