Outlook bright for youth centre
A PENZANCE youth centre is reaching more of the community thanks to a major refurbishment scheme.
Penzance Young People's Centre moved from the first floor to the ground floor of a building in Alverton Road and now boasts a bright lounge area where young people can meet friends or talk to a youth worker.
It also offers evening opening times and there are plans to transform the top floor into a space which can be used for a range of activities.
"Before we moved downstairs to street level and refurbished the space many young people probably passed it by and didn't realise what it was, or took one look and decided that it was some form of boring office and not for them," said Marilyn Walton, Cornwall Council's youth work co-ordinator at the centre.
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"Since we have brightened and opened up the space we have seen a fourfold increase in the number of young people using the facilities and we hope that from today even more will see it as their centre."
Young people who currently use the centre will be completing some redecoration themselves, including transforming the stairway with an mural thanks to the support of local artist John Mckenzie.
Thanks to the new hours the facility will be open to everyone on Friday nights, while from Monday to Thursday evenings it will be used as a base for the Penwith Community Development Trust's youth outreach workers.
The revamp is part of a rolling redevelopment supported by Cornwall Council, and children's services portfolio-holder Neil Burden was able to take a look around the centre at a special opening event.
"It's clear that the money that we have invested in the centre has been put to good use and I am sure the new facility will prove popular with young people," he said.