LGBT+ friendly cafe coming to Aylesbury Town Centre

CASH injections for four new Aylesbury projects have been given the go-ahead.

Thursday, 26th November 2020, 12:42 pm
Updated Monday, 8th February 2021, 8:46 am

Council funds will be re-directed to schemes around the town despite controversy around approval of the allocations.

Here’s what more than £50,000 of funding will go towards.

Community youth outreach unit

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Community Youth Ventures CIC will get £15,000 to go towards a youth outreach unit for Aylesbury.

Together with the company’s £6,000, the unit will provide a safe place for youngsters to meet, have fun and develop new skills “without restriction of needing a venue or to travel far from home.”

The unit would be mobile and will provide regular visits to parts of Aylesbury where there is little or no youth provision in the evenings or at the weekend.

It will provide a space for cooking classes, driving simulation courses, craft projects, music training, advice sessions, alternative education and much more.

A report read: “Young people will see the Youth Outreach Unit as their space, giving them something to identify with, something to do and the chance to meet other young people; including for those deemed as most vulnerable.”

LGBT+ hub and cafe

The Healthy Living Centre will get £4,375 from Buckinghamshire Council to fund a new hub where Aylesbury’s LGBT+ community can meet on a regular basis.

This cash will mean a LGBT+ cafe can be created, where the HLC would also host a range of talks, interactive sessions, healthy living seminars and activities for the community.

The HLC is based at Walton Court Shopping Centre on Hannon Road and this funding was applied for after the community identified the need for a support group open to the trans community “as there is currently no support group for this community in Aylesbury.”

Another £2,600 will go towards the scheme, taking the total cost of the project to £6,975.

Charity film

The Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity will get £1,800 in cash to create a film of remembrance.

Every year, the charity holds a ‘tree of light’ service in Aylesbury at Christmas which brings together those who have lost a loved one in the past year.

However, the service is not possible this year due to Covid-19 restrictions so the charity is setting about creating an alternative way to remember those who have passed.

Buckinghamshire Council’s cash grant will therefore go towards a ‘time to reflect’ film service, aimed at anyone who has used the NHS in Bucks in the past year.

A report indicated: “FNHC propose that the 30-minute secular service called “A time to reflect” should not only focus on loss by bereavement but on the loss caused by COVID-19. The film will contain short readings and music from 8 NHS and Hospice staff and volunteers.”

Sexual abuse crisis counsellor

Aylesbury Vale & Milton Keynes Sexual Assault & Abuse Support Service will get £10,696 to put towards funding a pilot crisis counselling service for 14 months.

They say this cash is needed in response to a ‘significant increase’ in referral rates to the service.

A report read: “new service users are presenting with more complex experiences and needs, and that many are in crisis following a lockdown in which they experienced traumatic sexual assault and abuse events.”

The counselling service will enable survivors to receive assistance, resources, stabilisation, support to decrease emotional pain and to help them develop a plan for coping with their situation.

This funding will match the £10,696 the service is contributing.