A YOUTH project to combat problem teenage behaviour has been branded a great success.
Cafe 100 on Towngate in Holmfirth has increased its membership by two-thirds over the summer.
The cafe, which was founded nine years ago, provides activities for young people in Holme Valley, including themed nights.
The project, which is run by young villagers, launched its outreach service in April following a £10,000 boost from Kirklees Council.
The scheme has paid off, bringing in 43 new youngsters in addition to the current 70 members.
The cash was released to combat antisocial behaviour at hotspots such as Cliff recreation ground, Sands recreation ground and Scholes.
Under the outreach scheme, volunteers from the cafe visit teenagers on the streets to ask them how Holmfirth and its surrounding area can be improved for young people.
The outreach scheme also offers safety and welfare advice to young people and encourages them to visit the cafe which offers internet, leisure and other services.
Cafe 100 reported its success at the Kirklees Holme Valley South area committee meeting last week.
Cafe 100 youth worker Neil Murten said: “That’s a fantastic achievement – it’s our highest figure in our eight years.
“That’s a real success for us because when young people start coming in during winter they will ring their friends and get more people to come.
“I’ve done youth work for 23 years and this is the most exciting thing I’ve been involved in.”
Holme Valley South councillor Nigel Patrick said: “They are working with the community to reduce antisocial behaviour through the community and it appears to be working quite well.
“They do a lot of good work in the village.
“I don’t expect the problem to disappear, but I think Cafe 100 has an awful lot of skills, experience and dedication and they have been very successful with it.”
Cafe 100 was founded in May 2001 by a group of young volunteers.
The organisation was given a rent-free space by Holmfirth Parish Church.
It is looking for adult volunteers. If you can help call Neil on 01484 680075.
The cafe opens on Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays afternoon. For more information visit www.cafe100.co.uk