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House in the Basement Youth Café to receive £10,000

House in the Basement Youth Café to receive £10,000

towards its operating costs

from the Big Lottery Fund – Awards for All

Sevenoaks Town Council is delighted to announce that it will be receiving a £10,000 Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund towards its operation costs of the youth café.

At the end of the 2016 the Youth Café’s funding from Kent County Council was not renewed and therefore it became difficult to keep the youth café sustainable bearing in mind that the youth café is free for young people to attend.  The grant towards the 2018 /2019 operation costs is therefore very much welcomed.

The House in the Basement Youth Café otherwise known as HitB is an accessible youth facility in the basement of the Stag Theatre.  It is free to attend for 11 – 18 year olds and is manned by professional staff.  The facility has computers, electronic games, pool table, musical instruments, chill out area, and access to professional support and provides reasonably priced hot meals.

Young people can receive support on homework, writing cvs for part time jobs, applying for college and on other personal social matters.

Cllr Nicholas Busvine OBE, Chairman of the Youth Services Sub Committee said:

“This is a wonderful piece of Christmas news for HitB.  Over the past few years, the young people of Sevenoaks – supported by the Town Council – have created a fantastic place to meet friends, organise activities and - not least! - enjoy the food donated by high street supporters and sponsors, such as Tesco and Waitrose.  This grant will help to ensure that HiTB continues to be a fun venue and source of support for any young person who wants a place to hang out with friends”.

For further details please see website and Facebook:

Linda Larter MBE

Chief Executive