Young people in Melton will get their first taste of an innovative new £250,000 social and entertainment centre in the town when it launches on July 17.
The Venue, which occupies the ground floor of Phoenix House in Nottingham Road, is designed as a safe, warm environment where youngsters aged 13 to 17 can socialise, play games, listen to live music, surf the internet, attend workshops and learn new skills.
It came about through a partnership between Melton Learning Hub, which organises practical courses for young people who are disengaged from learning, and other agencies such as Voluntary Action Melton, Melton Council and Melton Aurora Rotary Club.
Opening night is Friday July 17, from 7pm, the day after a special reception at the centre for partner agencies, funders, parents and those with a vested interest, from 4pm to 6.30pm.
A ribbon will be cut at Thursday’s event to officially open the facility and there will also be speeches and presentations from the main players.
David Cowell, manager of Melton Learning Hub, which is co-ordinating the scheme, has sent out an invtitation for the launch party to stakeholders.
In it he says: “The Venue’s team of staff have worked tirelessly to ensure our opening is on schedule and we take great pleasure in inviting you to our partnership open event.
“This will provide an opportunity for you to have a look at the new facility, gain more information on what is going on and take time to buy yourself a drink from our non-alcoholic bar and chat to the team about the exciting things that will be taking place at the Venue in the coming months and beyond.”
The club will be members-only with a small charge for youngsters from the town and surrounding villages.