On Friday 13th September 2019 Redbridge's first Non-alcoholic Chill-out Lounge Sparkz did their launch at Clementswood Community Centre on Connaught Road, Ilford. The facility will serve young people aged 11-16. The project itself was devised by Youth Councillor Hannah Chowdhry who was concerned about the lack of facilities for young people in the borough of Redbridge, especially ones that were 'relevant'.
"The project has been delayed due to lack of funding but we have managed to create a small kitchen at Clementswood Community centre and can use a small hall that will serve around 40 young people, at a time.
“It will allow local youth in Ilford to use their iPods, phones and games using our electronic whiteboard whilst socialising more communally with others of a similar age”. "We have a sound system and can also play music for those who want to dance or simply prefer a slightly noisier background.
"We hope having supervised arenas like this will get more young people of the streets and away from gang culture, while also promoting local unity."
Sparkz, non-alcoholic bar details
Age Group: 11-16 years old
Days: Will run every Friday and Saturday
Entrance Free: £2 includes one free non-alcoholic cocktail
Time: 6pm – 11pm
Address: Clementswood Community Centre on Connaught Road, Ilford IG11 1RN
Please note: Proof of age will be asked for, on the young person’s first attendance.