Wellingborough youth cafe closes after losing funding

Youth volunteers cleaning up Wellingborough town centre at the Youth Infuse Cafe in 2011

Youth volunteers cleaning up Wellingborough town centre at the Youth Infuse Cafe in 2011

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Wellingborough Youth Project has closed its Infuse Youth Café after losing funding for it.

The decision to close the cafe in Angel Street in the town centre was taken after the loss of one of the project’s main funders.

Wellingborough Infuse Youth Cafe

Wellingborough Infuse Youth Cafe

In making the announcement, the project’s management committee said the needs and expectations of young people had also changed since the café opened six years ago in the summer of 2008.

But they have said this is the beginning of a new chapter for the project as it continues to play a key role in the lives of young people in the borough.

During its operation, more than 1,000 young people passed through the doors of Infuse Youth Cafe, the majority finding it a place of safety, fun and somewhere to spend quality time with their peers.

The success of the cafe led to the creation of a junior version called Mini Infuse aimed at four to seven-year-olds, which proved to be just as popular.

Wellingborough's Infuse Youth Cafe

Wellingborough's Infuse Youth Cafe

Supported by more thann 250 adult volunteers, many of whom started out as members, the cafe was instrumental in helping young people grow and develop as individuals.

In addition to providing a safe haven for youth interaction, Infuse also spearheaded various community-based activities and social action projects including the annual Big Clean.

Final Infuse sessions were held this week but announcements will be made about the future direction of the Wellingborough Youth Project.

The project’s website and Facebook page remain active and will be kept updated at www.thewyp.co.uk or https://www.facebook.com/infusewellingborough.