Cedars Youth Drop-In Centre and Cafe
To provide a centre that will be well known to the youth community and recognised by them as THEIR SPACE. Our aim is to encourage and enable young people to learn, train and work within a safe environment, thus facilitating their transition from school into adult life.
CEDARS is currently open from 3 to 6 pm Monday to Thursday. There is a junior club on Mondays from 6.30pm to 8pm. A Homework Club will operate in 2008.
When funds and resources allow, the centre will be open 6 days a week for up to 12 hours each day. It is open to all young people regardless of ethnic origin, economic background, ability or disability. It operates as a faith-based organisation but not a faith-biased organisation; it serves people of all faiths and none. The target group for the drop in centre is youth aged 8 to18 that will be divided into three separate cohorts for activities – 8-10, 11-14, 15 – 18+.
The centre is staffed with experienced and qualified people, supported by volunteers who seek to deliver the vision through the provision of the services and support outlined below:
A Youth Café has been run for the past 4 years at the Methodist Church Hall on Sutton Court Road. Getting to know the young people who come there has led to us identifying many more needs and areas where help is required to enable them to become effective citizens. The young people themselves have been consulted on what they think their needs are and what they say confirms the impressions gained by our Youth Workers.
Chiswick Christians 4 Community was established in 2006 as a limited company and registered charity to oversee the development into a full Youth Drop-In Centre to be known as CEDARS – Christian Enterprise Delivering Acceptance Recognition Supportand success. The directors and shareholders are drawn from local churches supporting the project.
We would love to build relationships with local employers and organisations, and with individuals who would like to become involved and help us to help the youth in our area. Examples of possible relationship opportunities include:
We would welcome any other ideas you may have about how best to work together to make Cedars fully operational as soon as possible.
December 17, 2007