New computer gaming equipment will help more children participate
Music in the Park has donated £430 to Thame Youth Café for the purchase of a Nintendo Switch gaming console, a game and two additional controllers. The success of Thame Youth Café, which has an average of attendance of 55 young people and regularly attracts 70, meant that it was in need of the additional equipment to enable more of its visitors to participate in the fun.
The Thame Youth Café is in Christchurch Methodist Church on Thame Upper High Street. Unlike traditional youth clubs, the Youth Café concept is not solely about entertaining young people but rather to provide a safe place for them to gather and, through leisure activities, bring about real transformation by promoting values and personal development to enable them to reach their full potential, both as individuals and within the community. There are different activities each week from cooking and mindfulness drawing to a graffiti wall and science experiments. It runs two Youth Cafés: one for 11-14s and one for 14-16s.
Music in the Park Chair, Chris Fram, said,
“Music in the Park is dedicated to supporting good causes in the local community. Thame Youth Café is a marvellous example of a charity that provides an invaluable service to the youth of Thame and we are delighted to support it again this year, following on from our previous donation in 2016”.
Youth Café Manager, Nick Francis, added,
“The Youth Café is very popular, and we aim to provide every visitor with an absorbing and interesting experience. The new gaming equipment will help us serve more young people”.
Music in the Park is an annual, one-day, family-oriented performing arts festival that takes place in Elms Park, Thame. The 2019 festival will be the ninth. Music in the Park is a not-for-profit organisation run by an enthusiastic band of volunteers. All proceeds from the event are invested in the local community.
The event also provides a great platform for local talent. Most of the artistes are local. There are three stages and the entertainment spans all genres of music: rock, pop, blues, acoustic, classical, jazz, ukulele and choir, as well as various types of dance. Winners of the Lord Williams’s School “Singer of the Year” competition are also invited to perform at the event.
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The Thame Youth Café was launched in January 2013 with the help of Thame Town Council and then the Thame Youth Projects Group became a registered charity in 2015, following the withdrawal of funding by Oxfordshire County Council for youth work in Thame, which left a significant hole in the provision for youth activities within the town and surrounding villages, particularly for those not involved in uniformed organisations or sports clubs.
Unlike traditional youth clubs, the Youth Café concept is not solely about entertaining young people but rather to provide a safe place for them to gather and, through leisure activities, bring about real transformation by promoting values and personal development to enable them to reach their full potential, both as individuals and within the community.