A new initiative to get teenagers eating more healthily in Ripon has been launched following a funding boost from the city council.
Ripon Youth Café had its first open evening on Thursday, July 11, where local children and teenagers could enjoy homemade food and socialise together.
“I would like to be able to get more kids interested in healthy eating,” organiser Nicky Hadley told the Gazette.
“We want to encourage them to make more homemade food using fresh ingredients instead of buying things like biscuits and crisps.”
Mrs Hadley, whose daughter Kate and husband Lenny have helped her open the café, added: “My smoothies went down really well!”
The youth initiative – which opened in Allhallowgate Methodist Church hall where Mrs Hadley is renting out space for free – received a £500 funding boost from Ripon City Council last month after city councillors gave the project the thumbs up. Mrs Hadley told the eight Ripon city councillors in attendance at the meeting last month: “We need insurance to get started. What we want to do is feed the kids but it’s only going to be one day a week.”
Guests at the open evening included Sgt Andrew Tiffany of Ripon police and Ripon City and Harrogate Borough Coun Stuart Martin. Sgt Tiffany said an initiative which gives young people something to do in the city must be a positive thing. “We want to give young people something to do and get them into different activities, rather than turning to anti-social behaviour,” Sgt Tiffany said.
Mrs Hadley said she hopes to have the café fully up and running by September.