Ribbon cut to officially launch Christian youth centre in Canning Town

The ribbon cutting for The River Christian Centre

The ribbon cutting for The River Christian Centre - Credit: submitted

A ribbon was cut to officially open a pioneering youth and community space in Canning Town.

A former launderette and pub has been turned into The River Christian Centre

A former launderette and pub has been turned into The River Christian Centre - Credit: submitted

River Christian Centre (RCC), working in partnership with youth charity XLP, have renovated and transformed a disused launderette and former pub in Vincent Street into the space called Café 66. It was officially opened last week with young people cutting the ribbon.

Music mentoring is among activities at the River Christian Centre

Music mentoring is among activities at the River Christian Centre - Credit: submitted

The aim is to provide a safe and engaging place for young people to relax and socialize while they try out activities and learn new skills.

The ribbon cutting for The River Christian Centre

The ribbon cutting for The River Christian Centre - Credit: submitted

The centre also features a sound studio, which it is hoped will provide music mentoring for young people.

At the launch XLP worker and Youth leader at River Church, Josh Booth, said it was empty in that part of Canning Town with people not speaking much to one another. “This is a space where people can meet their neighbour, each other, and help one another with the challenge of living here,” he said.

Swan Foundation and Transform Newham have helped fund the centre.

RCC managing director Roger Grassham said: “We are pleased to have been able to refurbish this community facility and help to meet a big need for somewhere for young people in the area to go to.”

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