In 2016 in response to a request to do something to address some antisocial issues in Calne.....Steve Dewar started the first Summer Pop Up Youth Cafe event. This ran for a week during the summer break next to the skate bowl and recreation
area. Despite the rain, there was a great turnout of local young people. In the following years the Pop Up Events have been run in Devizes and areas in Trowbridge engaging with 100’s of teenagers. Each year has developed and grown in its provision but
has always remained simple in its approach to provide a “Safe and Engaging Space to offer support for teens”. Activities have included a chill out space , refreshments, leasure activities / inflatables, skate competition in Trowbridge, litter picks
and focused support for 13-19 yr olds. In the past Steve and the supporting team have used a primary school minibus, and a transit van to move resources which although helpful was not ideal. In 2019 Steve was able to revitalise the “BIOS” Van (
a Fiat Ducato tipper) previosly used by Swindon YFC and he has a vision to see it supporting particularly rural villages and towns of Wiltshire. This bespoke resource is going to be a Mobile Youth Centre type facility that can support individuals and communities
to engage,inspire and equip young people and the wider community. This mobile unit can provide gaming, multimedia,additional resource, hot drinks and a covered area and seating. This has only been made possible by Steve, Trustees from Bath/Wiltshire YFC, Devizes
Area Board, Local Youth Network, young people themselves and some local businesses offering their skills. As a charitable project, It is currently on a very small tight budget and we have a long way to go to see this reach it’s full potential.
If you would like to support the project through individual or business sponsorship we would love to hear from you to help keep this sustainable and reach more local teenagers. https://wiltshire.yfc.co.uk/donate/
How could you help? Email Steve@wiltshireyfc.org.uk for the latest on the 2019/20 events.