Give youth a chance

I SUPPORT the development of a leisure and educational facility for the youth of St Neots and surrounding villages, to be based at the old Post Office if the whole building remains available. The top floor would need to be given over to training rooms in

I SUPPORT the development of a leisure and educational facility for the youth of St Neots and surrounding villages, to be based at the old Post Office if the whole building remains available. The top floor would need to be given over to training rooms in my vision.

Not a youth club of the old school ping-pong and amateur DJ-ing variety, but a contemporary meeting and learning space where young people and young adults could meet socially and learn a whole range of social, vocational and self-developmental skills individually or in groups. This could be supplementary schooling, such as a Saturday school for basic literacy and numeracy, or language tuition, art and music coaching.

Young people are starved of positive role models today and yet there are many successful young people from many walks of life whose achievements go largely unmarked. What an opportunity to set up a dynamic youth forum which celebrates the activities of our youth.

Young entrepreneurs, young musicians and artists, sportsmen and women and volunteer fund-raisers should be invited to come along to share their achievements but also motivate their peers while entertaining them. Such a centre could be home for the town council's youth council too.

What an excellent use of the old Post Office and of Mr Rowley's £1million.

CHRISTINE STOCKER-GIBSON, East Street, St Neots

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