Group looks for things for Frampton Cotterell's youth to do

October 28 2019
Group looks for things for Frampton Cotterell's youth to do

A WORKING group is to be set up to rethink what Frampton Cotterell has to offer its teenagers and young people.

The idea has come from Julie Marshall, pictured, a resident who has brought up two teenagers of her own. She decided to act after a post on the Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath Blog Facebook page provoked a discussion with more than 100 comments.

The comments flooded in after another resident said she had found teenagers sitting under the slide in the newly revamped Beesmoor play area on Beesmoor Playing Field. Many people were concerned that teenagers shouldn’t be at the new facility, which has an upper age limit of 12 years old, but this prompted a debate about what provision there is for those who are too old for playgrounds.

Julie said: “It’s sad that we are quick to judge teenagers sat in a park. This has never changed through the generations, yet now there is far less for the children to do.

When I was a teenager there used to be youth clubs. The question is, where are these now? There are a couple set up in other places, but too far for the teenagers to get to. Honestly, if I could start one up and anyone knew a place that would let us hire for the evening to give these kids somewhere to go, I would start this up in a heartbeat.”

Julie organised a public meeting to hear people’s views and it was attended by more than 20 residents and three parish councillors. The attendees heard from a community police officer, as well as a representative from the Urbie Bus, which is run by Youth in Sodbury and funded by Frampton Cotterell Parish Council. The bus is available every Tuesday evening from 7pm for teenagers from school year 9 and above.

The parish council recently more than doubled its spending on youth provision. It has signed a contract with Face Filton, a youth service provider, to run a weekly youth club which is planned to start in November, running on Thursdays. The council is also planning to work with one of the providers to ensure that young people are at the heart of any decisions that are made about future provision.

The Explorers, part of Scouting, are going to do a questionnaire for their members, and Julie has set up a Facebook group called What Youth Want in Frampton to gather ideas. Once all the suggestions are in, the parish council will use them to develop its youth provision further.

There is also the possibility that a Youth Forum could be set up in future to work in partnership with village organisations.