Young People March has received a grant to fund a two-year project that will bring older and younger generations together.
The community organisation received £35,658 of funding to create an internet cafe at the City Road car park site.
The cafe will be run by NEET (not in education, employment or training) young people who will be encouraged to pass on their IT skills to older people in the community who lack the same knowledge.
The young people will run the cafe as a business and will be expected to budget and organise the cafe to run successfully. The funding will only cover food for the first year, so they will need to make enough money to cover costs for the second year.
They will not only design and create the menus, they will be cooking the food. This will allow them to gain training qualifications, such as food hygiene, that could help them get a job in the future, as well as gaining essential life and budgeting skills.
It is hoped that the project will give the NEET young people more confidence and allow them to develop their skills and knowledge, making them more employable and giving them more opportunities for the future.
In turn, the older people being taught IT will benefit from having a new skill set. Being able to use computers and the internet will enable them to research information, make friends and keep in touch with people.
Sarah Brown, one of the managers at Young People March, said: “There are so many older people out there who struggle with computers. Our computers are here all the time for people to use. They can research things like cheaper household costs and we can help them.
“Our NEET young people are struggling so much with ambition. Helping people boosts them, gives them more enthusiasm.”
The grant came from the People’s Health Trust, working alongside HealthCommit. People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants. For more information visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk
The project will take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 11.30am until 2.30pm. For more information contact Sarah Brown or Jayne Manders on 01354-650645.