A LEADING coffee franchise has launched a flagship project where it will open its doors to young people.
Costa Coffee in Camborne hosts Costa Youth fortnightly and welcomes teenagers from around the town, giving them a place to socialise, learn new skills and talk to guest speakers.
The project has been masterminded by Costa Coffee Camborne operations manager Chris Ring and community network manager for Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Charlotte Chadwick, with the support of Camborne BID.
Mr Ring is delighted with the turnout at the sessions so far.
He said: “I wanted to do something with young people and I started chatting to Charlotte and it proved to be perfect timing and the idea started coming together.
“For the first session we just got all of the young people together, we had 17 or 18 of them and chatted to them about we wanted from the sessions.
“It is definitely a unique project and we’ve found that so far the youngsters understand the brand and want to get involved.
“We already have a couple of keen baristas in the group and are happy to be giving something back to young people.
“Local businesses have got involved and Tesco have donated milk and sugar to help make the drinks.”
The group have already enjoyed visits from PCSOs from the town and youth worker Chris Saunders who brought along a guitar and a sexual health themed board game.
Miss Chadwick stated that as the sessions progress her and Mr Ring will aim to make them more structured with specific themes each time.
“As time goes on we will make the sessions more structured and introduce topics such as sexual health, drugs and alcohol awareness.
“Hopefully these sessions will provide some of the young people with positive role models, something that may previously have been lacking in their lives and if we can also contribute to a decrease in anti-social behaviour levels in Camborne then that would be great as well.
“We have given those who attend the sessions a warm and dry space where people can listen to what they have to say and hopefully boost their confidence.”
The sessions take place every other Thursday at Costa Coffee in Trelowarren Street, and welcomes all teenagers between 7pm and 8:30pm.