Youngsters Thoughts On ‘Chill Out’ Space Discussed With Council

childrens services signThe Council’s Children’s Services Manager has said he’s still working on ideas for a ‘chill-out’ space with the islands’ youth.

It was raised earlier this year by Scilly’s Member of the Youth Parliament, Maddie Sibley.

She felt that older children wanted somewhere to relax with friends in the evening without being ‘kicked out’ by adults for being too noisy.

Joel Williams says the Student Council met with the Children and Young People Committee during the summer and it was apparent that different youngsters wanted different things.

Thoughts ranged from a room with computers and a TV, to a simple wooden building.

He said they had hoped the new shelter at Porthcressa would be unsupervised but with the TIC taking on the space, that hasn’t really happened.

He’s now talking to them to identify exactly what they want and to discuss some of the limitations involved.

Joel says from a safeguarding and security point of view, they can’t just give them a space like the Youth Hub at Carn Thomas for the night.

That needs at least two trained adults to be present.

The youngsters could also have to take on some of the fundraising once a solution’s identified, although Joel feels that’s still some way off.