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Goths and Emos Are Too Scary Says Council

New cabin for moshers so they don't frighten shoppers

Written by . Published on August 8th 2011.


Goths and Emos Are Too Scary Says Council

GOTHS, moshers and emos who hang out behind the Corn Exchange have been given a cabin to meet in after concerns that their large numbers could intimidate shoppers and nearby businessess.

“These young people have a real passion in their interests, but their enthusiasm and energy can seem intimidating to passers-by."

The new cabin, run by Leeds City Council’s youth service, is designed to help the young people find a 'constructive outlet' for their energy and enthusiasm.

The cabin will be located right where the young people meet in the Chancellor Court area and will complement the existing youth provision in the area, which includes a street based team and the Saturday night city centre youth project “Domaine”.

The street-based team tackles crime and anti-social behaviour in the city centre and is supported by the police, Business Against Crime in Leeds (BACIL) and the council’s youth

“Bringing youth work right to the heart of where these young people already congregate will mean they can continue to enjoy using this space in a manner which doesn’t disrupt local businesses and shoppers," says Councillor Jane Dowson, deputy executive member responsible for children’s services.

“These young people have a real passion in their interests, but their enthusiasm and energy can seem intimidating to passers-by. This facility gives our youth workers an opportunity to encourage and nurture the young people’s diverse interests with positive activities and events and offer advice to these young people.”

Throughout the summer holidays the cabin will be open five days a week – Tuesday to Saturday, and then four days a week afterwards – Tuesday to Friday. It will provide somewhere for the young people to go to access support and advice and will be the base for the city centre summer activity programme.

The young people will be encouraged to help organise activities and events around their own interests to help focus their creativity and encourage their ambitions.

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