THAME: Youth cafe under threat of closure cries out for help

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A youth pastor is appealing for new volunteers to help at a youth cafe that will face closure if no one steps up to the plate.

Nick Francis, 33, moved to the town six months ago and has taken the helm at the Barley Hill Church youth cafe which gives youngsters a place to go after school’s out.

Nick, who lives with his wife Liz and their sons Daniel, six, and Thomas, three, said: “We have a team of about eight at the moment, but we have just heard that we are losing one of our key frontline volunteers which puts us at serious risk of closure.”

Nick, of Lea Park, Thame, said the Wednesday afternoon club gives youngsters aged 11 to 14 a chance to socialise and play board games and console games.

The teens can try their hand at activities such as t-shirt decorating, tile painting, soap carving, and loom band making, and free snacks are always on offer.

Nick, who has been a youth pastor for more than 12 years, said: “No training is required – all that is needed is a willingness to get stuck in, supervise activities, play games and chat to the kids, who can be very lively and energetic as teenagers are!”

The project has been running for around two years and was initially council-funded but is in the process of becoming a charity in its own right.

The free cafe welcomes youngsters from all walks of life and provides a safe, non-judgemental atmosphere where they can to volunteers and their peers.

It runs between 3pm and 5pm every Wednesday during term time at the Christchurch in Thame High Street.

If you can help, call Nick on 07825 279446 or email thameyouthcafe@gmail.com. A CRB check will be required.

For more, visit www.thameyouthcafe.org.uk.