The Spot Youth Café opened its doors in January 2011. The café is located on Main Street, Birr and has a Foroige Junior Club one night a week for 10-12 year olds mostly 5th and 6th class National School pupils. The Drop In Youth Café for 1st years and older operates on Fridays from 2:30-5:30pm. These clubs are fully supervised by a team of trained and Garda vetted volunteers and two part-time members of staff through the TUS scheme.(Dates and time s of the club when re opening will be subject to volunteer availability.)
The aim of the project is to provide a safe, relaxed, warm and welcoming space for young people to hang out with friends, chat, drink hot chocolate and soft drinks, engage in educational and recreational initiatives, and have a voice in weekly activities, projects and themed events. The café is led by young people themselves. This empowers them to make decisions that directly affect their café, practice leadership skills and represent their peers at management level. The project also aims to provide fun and informative activities throughout the year to further support young people as they develop during their transition to young adults.
In the past few years the clubs have successfully organised a parent & child Bully 4u workshop, two weeks of action packed summer camps, various film nights, stay awakes, trip to the cinema and to Birr Outdoor Education Centre, art and craft workshops, Electric Ireland powering kindness tea give away and multiple pool competitions and themed nights on top of their weekly Junior Club and Youth Café service. Current amenities include: Pool table, airhockey table, fuseball, Internet access, TV’s, dvd player, Netflix, X-box, Playstation, Nintendo Wii, dart board, tea/coffee and a tuck shop.
We are currently recruiting new volunteers. If you re you 18 years plus and willing to give a few hours a week to the young people of Birr Town. Then why not Volunteer in the Spot Youth Café Birr. It is fun, satisfying and rewarding. You will experience the opportunity to positively influence young people’s lives while benefiting yourself and the wider community. It is an opportunity to teach and to learn some new skills that may help you in gaining employment or access to a 3rd level course. These volunteer led facilities are some of the last youth groups available to young people in the Birr Area and it would be a shame to see them close this year. Full training and support will be provided to potential volunteers from Foroige and Offaly Local Development Company. Training provided to volunteers in the past included Foroige Induction and Level 2 Leader training, Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training, Child Protection and First Aid. Other potential training opportunities include Mental Health Awareness, Understanding Mental Health and Sexual Health and Educational Training for Youth and Community Workers.
For more information about The Spot Junior Club and Youth Café or to get involved and support the project please contact Rachel Moloney Offaly 086 8336873 or Bernie McHugh 0869672921 by Friday 28th September 2018.