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Nepalese youth open up new base

Tuesday 21st January 2014

Tasty homemade Nepalese snacks were handed round to VIP guests when the borough’s newest youth hub was declared open recently.

MP Nick Raynsford and GLA member Len Duvall performed the opening ceremony for the Nepalese community’s building by lighting a traditional Nepalese lamp to bring good luck and unveiled the youth hub logo.

The event was held at Valley Central Youth Hub in Charlton and was attended by Cllr Jackie Smith, the royal borough’s cabinet member for children’s services.

The hub has been set up by the skills and care social enterprise in partnership with the Charlton Athletic Community Trust, which the royal borough funds.

The group is one of the first in UK specially provided for the Nepalese community and will run unique projects aimed at young people.

Fatta Thapa, one of the trustees, said, “The opening ceremony went very well and about 120 people attended. The Nepalese community is very excited about the new hub and to have a place of their own. Children aged 11 to 19 can have music and dance lessons and take part in folk dancing and have guitar lessons.

“We are hoping to have other education studies that will be designed to make our young people good human beings.” 

Matt Horne, Youth Service Partnership and Valley Central Manager, added, “This session is another demonstration of our commitment to providing the local residents with an opportunity to take part in something of interest to them, be part of a group, meet new people and it is a great example of how to bring together a community.”

The hub is open every Sunday from 9am to 5pm.