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PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:33 24 August 2010

By Will Davies The future looks bright for kids in the borough as a youth project giving youngsters the chance to learn new skills is launched. After years languishing in cramped, inadequate premises in the basement of Kilburn library, the Kilburn Youth

By Will Davies

The future looks bright for kids in the borough as a youth project giving youngsters the chance to learn new skills is launched.

After years languishing in cramped, inadequate premises in the basement of Kilburn library, the Kilburn Youth Project - rebranded Kilburn Youth Station - has a new home in the heart of Kilburn after a £100,000 cash boost.

Although not officially launched, the Times can reveal the station's new base is at 20 to 22 Kingsgate Place, where kids can get to grips with a wealth of facilities.

Designed by the Kilburn Youth Forum, a group of young people from Kilburn, the centre boasts a gym, an IT room with music production facilities, a lounge area with a kitchenette and a counselling room.

Cllr Janet Grauberg, Kilburn ward, said: "There isn't anything for kids in the Kilburn Grange area so this is great. Kids can feel that it is a space for them - they can develop whatever they want there.

"Calling it a youth station is a good metaphor. It is somewhere they can go to learn new stuff, think new thoughts, meet new people and get ready to make the most of life."

The station will offer activities for young people aged 11 to 19 weekdays after school, in the evenings from 6pm to 10pmand on Saturdays.

The centre will be the base for a team of youth workers who will offer general youth work, information, advice and guidance, access to training, music and web design.

There will also be a specific girls' group.

At least one junior session for 11 and 12 years olds will also be held after school and it will also be open to people with learning difficulties and disabilities up to age 25.

Youngsters have access to a personal adviser who will offer advice and support on education, employment and training.

The centre will also offer a youth work training programme validated by the YMCA.

The new facility will be advertised on housing estates notice boards and letters will be sent to young people who used the previous facilities.

Open spaces will also be accessible to voluntary youth groups in the area.


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