New youth centre set up in Horsham

A new youth centre has been set up in Horsham so young people can meet with friends, grab a snack and have fun.
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The centre has come about thanks to collaborative work between 4theYouth and Horsham District Council.

The Hurst Cafe is in the former Hurst Road Youth Centre near Horsham Town Centre.

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The new facility boasts social areas with games and activities, including a pool table and consoles.

Horsham's new youth centre. Picture from HDCHorsham's new youth centre. Picture from HDC
Horsham's new youth centre. Picture from HDC

A Horsham District Council spokesperson said: “Outside [there] is a hardcourt for ball games and a small garden to spend time in.

"The cafe serves both hot and cold drinks with a small selection of snacks available.

“Youth workers are available to talk to and give advice and support where necessary.”

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The facility is open to young people in year seven and upwards, according to the council.

Horsham's new youth centre. Picture from HDCHorsham's new youth centre. Picture from HDC
Horsham's new youth centre. Picture from HDC

Horsham District Council cabinet member for community matters Liz Kitchen said: “I had the pleasure of visiting this exciting new venue recently and think it is an amazing facility.

“It is easy to access, being based near Horsham Town Centre, and boast lots of great space and amenities.

“Young people told us recently in various surveys that they wanted somewhere safe where they could meet up and this completely fits the bill.

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“4theYouth know our young communities very well, supporting our young people and keeping them safe and engaged, and we wish them all the best with this new venture.”

Horsham's new youth centre. Picture from HDCHorsham's new youth centre. Picture from HDC
Horsham's new youth centre. Picture from HDC

Jemima Shier, a youth worker from 4theYouth, added: “This is a relaxed safe space for young people to drop into.

"They don’t need to book, they can come on their own or brings friends.”

The youth cafe is open at varying times so residents are urged to follow the cafe and 4TheYouth on social media for up-to-date opening times.