30 people attended an Open Day at Aspire on Saturday 9th February, which was organised to showcase what the venue can offer young people and highlight organisations which can support them.

Organiser and The Benjamin Foundation Job Coach, Sharon Coggins explains:

“The event was a collaboration of local organisations and agencies: CEX provided FIFA 19, which the young people loved and played quite happily on, other enjoyed using the computers for Facebook.

Revolutionary Roots provided circus workshops. Prospects set up workshops for bracelets made of cord, which the young people enjoyed making.

Mind and The Anchorage Trust also supported and attended, and a young person from The Anchorage Trust and a Youth Worker from Prospects laid down some tracks in the music suite, and a chef provided homemade cupcakes, flapjacks and chocolate chip scones which went down well with everyone who attended.”

Sharon continues: “All those who attended completed surveys and are keen to see the space used for a variety of purposes, including open mic sessions, comedy gigs, gaming nights, youth drop in groups, card nights, exercise/gym, dance lessons, photography and photo shoots, arts events – including showcasing work, cookery demonstrations, birthday parties, and it was even suggested that local bands may wish to use the music suite as a recording studio. The young people were also keen to see an internet café/drop in made available.”

To learn more about Aspire, please visit their page, or contact them on 01493 858270 to enquire about hiring the Upper Deck or Basement facilities.

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