We run a series of youth cafes in local parish churches in our area. A local parish church may be an unusual location for a youth café but it is proving that these ancient buildings still have plenty of life left in them!
Since opening our first café in Banham it has been an inspiration for others in the area, especially after we appeared on BBC Look East. Integrate YFC now run cafes in parish churches in Burston and Banham as well as a youth café at Diss Salvation Army Community Church and another one in The Church of the Nazarene in Thetford (known as Pulse Youth café).
Banham Youth Café is the largest of our youth cafes and has attracted over 500 young people from Banham and the surrounding villages, with new youth coming most weeks.
As well as serving a range of tuck and light snacks, the café in Banham boasts a full size pub pool table, table football, table tennis, various table top games and a gaming corner with Wii, Xbox and a PS3 consoles.
During the summer we play volleyball, cage football or outdoor games in the churchyard.
Burston and Diss Youth Café both run straight after school every week in term time and in addition to table tennis, pool and games consoles, also include a craft or other activity. They also serve tuck and Burston Youth Café even serves pizza!
Pulse Youth Café in Thetford runs on the first and third Tuesday of the month in term time and also offers table tennis, pool, table football, a variety of board games, craft and games consoles, including a PS4.