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Community loan for Attic Youth Café

The Attic Youth Café was established in November 2006 operating initially on a rental agreement with Temperance Hall offering Youth programmes, activities and initiatives as well as a drop-in service for local young people. With over 2,500 young people engaging with the youth café on an annual basis, the service quickly outgrew its location in the Temperance Hall.
 
Following an extensive fundraising campaign and the allocation of grants from Longford County Council, Longford Enterprise Board, and the Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs, a new designated youth facility was developed in 2015 and was called the Attic House Teen project.  The project incorporated a building to house the reception, offices, toilets, meeting room and tech room.  Adjacent to the main building is the Log Cabin Building, a central youth space where youth groups and activities take place on a weekly basis.
 
In a further expansion of activities, a Parkour training park (an obstacle course for ‘free running’) was developed at the rear of the building.  A Community Garden is also being developed on the site.
 
Soon, even more space was needed to provide new programmes that were informed by a needs analysis of young people.
 
The Attic group worked with Longford Community Resources and were successful in obtaining LEADER funding to construct a new Log Cabin at the rear of the house which now houses a demonstration kitchen and meeting space.  A bridging loan from Clann Credo enabled the work to go ahead without delay and LEADER funds to be drawn down.
 
Investing in young people is an investment in everyone's future! 
 
Longford Community Resources is a member of the Irish Local Development Network which represents Ireland’s 49 Local Development Companies (LDCs). Since its launch in 1991, the LEADER programme has helped rural communities across the European Union to actively engage and to direct the local development of their area, through community-led local development.  Find your Local Development Company HERE.


Location: Longford

Website: http://attichouse.ie/index.php

"In a further expansion of activities, a Parkour training park (an obstacle type course for ‘free running’) was developed at the rear of the building. A Community Garden is also being developed on the site."