Local young people’s charity Off the Record is launching the first wellbeing café for under 25’s in Bath, aimed at helping youngsters who are struggling with their mental health.
The café aims to be a safe space for young people, aged 13-25, who are struggling with their mental health, providing opportunities for them to meet up, relax, make new friends, share experiences and develop new ways of talking and coping.
The café will offer reasonably priced hot/cold drinks and snacks and is open to any young person who needs support with their mental wellbeing.
The café will be staffed by Off the Record qualified counsellors, listening support workers, youth workers and volunteers.
A range of activities will be on offer each week and young people will have the opportunity to shape the development of the café.
The sessions will run on Fridays weekly from 4pm-6.30pm in The Open House café Manvers Street Baptist church.
The first session will be held on Friday 11th October to mark World Mental Health Day.
The session will include free wellbeing goodie bags for the first 30 young people that attend, as well as vouchers for a free drink and snack for the inaugural Okay Café.
The sessions have been initially funded by the donation of the venue from Manvers Street Baptist Church, and a start-up fund from Altus consulting as well as a grant from the Quartet Community Foundation.
Phil Walters, Director of Off the Record said: “OTR has 25 years experience of improving the emotional health and wellbeing of young people.
“We are delighted that this new venture enables us to continue our work giving those under 25 across BANES the opportunity to drop in and get the support they need in a relaxed and accessible environment.
“Last year OTR supported over 2500 young people to increase their confidence and resilience – this year we hope to reach and support even more young people.”
Alison Collier, Consulting Operations Manager at Altus said: “As OTR was our chosen charity this year, we’ve spent time working with them on their future strategy and business plan.
“We are impressed with all they are trying to achieve and the work they put into supporting the young people of BANES, but also the enormous effort it takes to secure funding to continue the vital work they do.
“When they spoke about the potential café that the young people were asking for, and the challenge of securing the funds we didn’t hesitate in providing the stepping stone to kick the new project off.
“We wish OTR all the best and hope that this new service will help more young people to find the support they need.”