Summer offering focused on youth development

Young people are invited to ‘drop-in‘ to an Onchan youth project this summer to relax with friends, take part in outdoor games or read a book in the sun.

Kenyon's Cafe will open its doors to young people aged 10+ during the first three weeks of school holidays opening weekdays at 12 noon from 24 July to 11 August. The project, located at the Onchan Hub on School Road, is free to access and runs a drop-in format meaning there is no need to pre-register - simply turn up at any point during the opening times and be welcomed by youth workers.

The charity, in partnership with DESCs Youth Service, aims to make the facility, and surrounding area, accessible and engaging for young people with a safe space to socialise and, where necessary, receive support covering aspects of social development, welfare and wellbeing.

Director of Kenyon's Cafe Martin Macfarlane believes this offering provides a valuable service within the community.

‘Our charity is committed to providing easy to access support, resources and opportunities within our community. For some young people, this project may help to reduce the impact of social anxiety which may be experienced from the lengthy school break.‘ said Martin.

As part of the project, youth workers will focus on supporting young people currently in school year 6 who face a transition to high school in September – helping them to develop valuable friendships.

Last summer, the charity worked closely with partners to operate a trial during the holidays creating a hive of activity around Kenyon's with a variety of outdoor sport & fitness activities within The Rec led by an experienced coach.

Principle Youth Officer of DESCs Youth Service, Nigel Howard said ‘Last year was a real success and demonstrated the need of accessible projects to keep young people engaged during the school holidays. This project is important for social development and our long standing partnership with Kenyon's Cafe has helped to enhance the offering within this area.‘

This years summer project is being supported by Onchan District Commissioners’ Youth Development Fund. More information is available by visiting

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