Search

Gazette comment: Cafe takeover shows youth

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 September 2017

Kids taking over the NuDawn cafe. Picture: POLLY HANCOCK

Kids taking over the NuDawn cafe. Picture: POLLY HANCOCK

Archant

When I was growing up, I went to youth club to play football, have a go at table tennis and spend my pennies at the tuck shop.

So my mind was blown when I went to NuDawn cafe in Well Street on Friday and found kids from the Morningside and Gascoyne Estate clubs running the show.

They were not only behind the counter, they were preparing food and drink, carrying out a very insistent PR campaign to get people inside and, I later learnt, responsible for balancing the books.

It was only for two days, but it highlights the great work being done by them and the management of the youth clubs, who perform such an important role in the childrens’ upbringing.

Crippling government cuts have in a lot of cases left the youngsters with nowhere to go, and with council budgets stretched beyond belief, services are not what they were.

So it’s reassuring to see the community spirit like the kind on display in Well Street, one of Hackney’s oldest market streets.

The market may be enjoying something of a renaissance, but unless the young people from within the area are given the tools to succeed themselves, it’s papering over the cracks.

Everyone was out to show some support for the project, and Kevin Jones of NuDawn was brilliant in allowing the kids to use his cafe.

But as well as teaching them important businesd skills, the project was raising money for the youth clubs – money they badly need.

When Nicolette Nixon, who runs Morningside, told me they had to pay £22,000 rent a year for use of the community centre, I was shocked. So it was reassuring to hear MP Meg Hillier talk about her intentions to campaign for cheaper rents for clubs like theirs. Without them Hackney would be a lot worse off.

Latest Hackney Stories

Yesterday, 17:35

Vivianne Miedema and Jordan Nobbs both scored twice as Arsenal maintained their 100 per cent start to the Women’s Super League season by beating Chelsea 5-0 at Kingsmeadow, ending the home side’s unbeaten record.

Yesterday, 09:03

Arsenal’s academy youngsters had a fine night on international duty for their respective teams, writes Joshua Bunting.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The O’s boss revealed the club intend to appeal Joe Widdowson’s red card against Hartlepool United

Saturday, October 13, 2018

A man in his 20s was shot by two people on a moped in Amhurst Road last night.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The world’s best track cyclists are set to descend on London from December 14-16 as the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup makes its long-awaited return to Lee Valley VeloPark.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Washington Wizards point-guard Tomas Satoransky is excited to return to his European roots when his side play in the NBA 2019 UK match against New York Knicks.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

James Alabi will look to kick on after scoring last weekend at Maidenhead United

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now


Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists