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We set up da Café to provide a safe and tolerant space for young people in Lewick so that they can feel valued.

OPEN runs a weekly space for young people (14-25) in the Olive Tree on Thursdays 4pm-6pm. Da Café is there to give young people in Shetland a space to go, where they don't have to spend money to sit in the warmth and access free Wi-Fi. We are also running a Peer Research project to listen to young people's needs within the community.

£5 would get a young person either a panini or a coffee and a cake.

Currently we are seeing anywhere from 30-40 young people in attendance each week. 

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£468.75 raised by 15 supporters

£385.00 donated and £83.75 in GiftAid

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OPEN

Peer Education: OPEN recruits and trains young people aged 16-25 to become 'peer educators'. OPEN's main purpose is to embed peer education across Shetland as a methodology of raising awareness and encouraging positive lifestyle choices - especially on issues concerning substance use, relationships, sexual health, and mental health; whilst promoting harm reduction at every opportunity. Peer Mentoring: OPEN also operate a Peer Mentoring Programme; with the aim to recruit and match mentors (16-25) with mentees (14-21), to facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring sessions for young people who are care experienced and/or in the youth justice system as well as any disadvantaged young people at risk of social isolation or exclusion Da Cafe: OPEN runs a weekly space for young people (14-25) in the Olive Tree on Thursdays 4pm-6pm. Da Cafe is there to give young people in Shetland a space to go, where they don't have to spend money to sit in the warmth and access free Wi-Fi. We are also running a Peer Research project to listen to young people's needs within the community. Steering Group: A natural and exciting progression for OPEN is to research and plan how to become an independent genuinely youth-led charity, managed and coordinated by young people, with appropriate support and training in place to achieve this.