Young people living in and around Winchester will soon have access to a new youth cafe, as the campaign to raise an additional £150,000 for the build nears its halfway mark.
Winchester YMCA are in charge of constructing the new social outlet in the 13th century undercroft of St John’s House. The venue will be open to all and the YMCA spoke to 600 youths in order to draw up the scheme for the new cafe.
The venue aims to provide a place for young people to socialise and feel safe.
The YMCA have so far raised £45,000 from public donations and a further £20,000 grant was agreed by the city council at their last budget meeting. A further £85,000 is still needed to begin the build.
Simon Dodd, the YMCA Youth Programme manager is optimistic that the construction work will begin sometime in May due to positive public support.
''The support we’ve received from the council has been excellent. We also launched a fund raising appeal in mid November last year and I think we’ve had about £45,000 worth come in from the public.’’