Youth cafe is on the menu for new venue

Councillor Selbie is working with young people in Linktown
Councillor Selbie is working with young people in Linktown

A wide range of activities for young people living in Kirkcaldy’s Linktown are being planned for a new community venue, including a youth cafe.

Councillor for the area, Kenny Selbie, has been working behind the scenes on an election promise he made to work with young people in his ward to come up with a plan for more groups and activities for them to participate in.

And together they have come up with a range of ideas suggested by youngsters, ranging from music and film sessions to a cafe for youngsters.

Now Fife Council’s Community Learning and Development Team, in collaboration with the Linktown Community Action Centre, is planning to host a night specifically aimed at young people in the Linktown area.

The new initiative will begin at the start of the school summer holidays and, while the final details remain to be confirmed, with more meetings with young people set to take place in the coming weeks, it is proposed that a mid-week youth café will operate within the Philp Hall. Other activities such as music and arts projects will run at the same time to give as wide a range of options to young people as possible.

Linktown Community Action Centre which is set to move into the Philp Hall in the near future, once upgrading and redecoration works are complete, will run the venue and the management committee is hoping that people in the area will come forward with other ideas on what else they would like to see it used for.

Councillor Kenny Selbie said: “I very much welcome the fact that this project is moving forward. There have been no specific programmes or opportunities for young people in the area for some time now.

“This is something that young people themselves and the wider community have told me they want to see, so this is a positive step forward. I am also delighted that everyone involved is taking the time to speak to young people about the shape this initiative will take.”

As well as offering young people something engaging and interesting, the youth café will, over time, present opportunities to engage on a wide range of issues relevant to young people in the area, such as health, employment and life skills.