NEW drop-in sessions for youths at a local supermarket are proving popular.
Around 30 11-16-year-olds enjoyed monopoly card games and hanging-out at the first session in Costa Coffee, Forres Tesco.
Costa provide staff support and keep the shop open so attendees can buy food and drinks using a 10 per cent discount on the night.
Tesco community champion Kerry Speed also chips-in free juice and snacks.
Community warden David Haytack dropped in to the last meeting and a volunteer from St Leonard’s Church provides an extra pair of helping hands.
Outreach worker Dawn Alderson started the event to provide evening entertainment on the last Friday of the month.
She said: “Some of the attendees are quite happy just to sit and socialise. During a consultation about what they’d like to do in future, they requested Uno, adult colouring-in and word searches.
“Others would like guest speakers to discuss cyber bullying, LBGT issues, and the Forces.
“The sessions will develop as time goes on.”
Forres Area Community Trust project coordinator Samantha Fraser was surprised to hear local youngsters have been congregating outside Tesco for more than just free wi-fi and access to refreshments.
She said: “Some of those that dropped in mentioned that they felt safe gathering at Tesco because it is well lit with plenty of people around. When in town, they don’t feel safe in darker areas with people who had been drinking around.”
The next youth drop-in at Costa Forres is on Friday, October 27 from 7.15-9pm.
For more information contact Dawn on 07399 425276 or email@example.com