Initiative tackles youth issues

THE Young’s Plan, Proliem, and Rob Lowen, are among local acts launching a series of sessions for Thame teenagers. Youth@TheSocial will be unveiled during a special event at The Social, on Tuesday, January 30, 2006, between 6:30-9:30pm.

Photo courtesy of Thame Gazette – January 26, 2007

The move is part of an initiative by The 21st Century Thame Partnership which has secured exclusive use of the North Street venue each Tuesday evening, aimed at providing more for young people to do in the evenings.

Although not planned that way, the event comes less than a fortnight after ‘provisions for young people’ was voted Thame’s biggest problem at the launch of the area’s Neighbourhood Policing initiative on January 17.

Project Officer for 21st Century Thame, Alison Isherwood, said: “We hope to run music sessions and themed evenings for young people, as well as provide information on teenage issues. On Tuesday we met with young people to find out what they want us to do. Would they like music nights, a drop-in centre or drama and poetry sessions?

“Perhaps we could stage events upstairs leaving the downstairs area to chat. We also that the young people that come along will eventually take responsibility. Young people don’t like things to be adult led, so we hope they will start to take it on as their own project. But our main aim is just to provide a nice place for young peope to go, one night a week for a few hours.”