On Monday 25th March we hosted MakerClub at our Youth Cafe at the Whitehawk Inn. Makerclub is a nationwide initiative billed as "a world-class invention club for ages 8‑13" and we were very glad to partner with the local arm of the organisation as they took their robot workshop on tour across Brighton & Hove.
Young people at the Youth Cafe had the chance to make their own robot, then program it to make it move. Brighton MakerClub are currently running these workshops across the city in a bid to reduce loneliness and increase the connections between people.
The Whitehawk Youth Cafe launched last year and takes place every Monday from 3.30-5.30 at the Whitehawk Inn. Free drinks and toasties are provided and all young people aged 11-18 years are welcome to this drop-in session to play games, have a chat or take part in other activities with our friendly team of youth workers.
As at our other youth clubs in the North and East of Brighton our team of qualified youth workers can also provide support on many aspects of sexual health for young people aged over 13 years including the C card scheme, chlamydia tests and confidential relationship support.
The Whitehawk Youth Cafe has been funded by the Youth Social Action Programme via Sussex Community Foundation as part of their #iwill campaign - a UK-wide initiative aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. The Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport have invested £20 million each to the #iwill fund to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering. All of these activities enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities as well as helping young people to develop the skills and knowledge that employers look for.
For more information, get in touch with Caroline TDC Youthworker on facebook and scroll down for a video talking about how making is connecting and how activities such as these can reduce loneliness.