Youth Cafe plans are progressing

THE Chairman welcomed committee members to the latest meeting of the Inverurie Community Development Group on Thursday, (October 25) and noted the apologies and the minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Since the ‘Messy Play’ sessions were discontinued, the parents committee have consolidated their plans for a self-run group to be known as the ‘Garioch Under 5s’ and are operating very successfully on a self-financed basis. The plans for the Youth Cafe to be attached to the Community Centre are progressing satisfactorily. Jack and Elaine had a meeting with Douglas Milne at Gordon House and consulted the relevant Council Planning Officers regarding the project and discussed the planning, environmental and roads issues which might arise during the planning process. All their suggestions were noted and will be passed on to the architect William Lippe who will now submit plans for planning permission. The Council have agreed to give a grant towards the cost of providing the building. The Youth Forum members have already been successful in obtaining grants from Balfour Beatty and the I.A.A. Towards the project and have been raising funds by holding Disco Nights and Quiz Competitions. An application for OSCR status to set up the Youth Cafe as a charity has been sent off which will enable the group to apply for funding from other sources and the CDG await the result of that.

The CDG representatives attended the ‘World of Words’ event at the Acorn Centre, the Value of Age’ event at the Town Hall, the 2014 Homecoming meeting at Haddo House and the steering group meetings of ‘The Garioch Partnership’. The group are starting a ‘Reading and Reminiscence’ project in the Community Centre in conjunction with author Debbie Leslie, Reader in Residence with Aberdeenshire Council. The first meeting ‘Tales from the North East’ will take place at the Community Centre on Friday, November 2. entry and refreshments are free and there will be a chance to share stories about the life and times of the people of the North-east.

Representatives from the Youth Forum at the Centre will also take part in the St Andrew’s Day Celebration and Parade organised by Inverurie Events, when the Christmas Lights will be switched on. The CDG is to circulate members with a suggestion that they could sponsor a light in future, on a designated lamp-post.

Neil Baillie, representing Inverurie Community Council, reported that the members of the Youth Forum had given a presentation to the Community Council which had greatly impressed councilors and he complimented them on their maturity and ability and wished them luck with their plans for the Youth Cafe.

Elaine announced that she was being seconded to another post for six months and Neil thanked her for all the work she had done in the community, at the Community Centre and for the work she had put in during the last five years to establish the Community Development Group.