'Bored' youths at risk of drugs
YOUNG people in Burry Port are vulnerable to alcohol and drugs because there is nowhere for them to meet and they end up roaming the streets, a church leader has warned.
The Reverend Graham Davies fears the needs of youngsters in the area are being neglected.
And he has appealed again for a building where youngsters can hang out together until the youth centre at Ysgol Glan y Mor is finished next summer.
It follows concerns that dealers could be offering illegal drug mephedrone — known as meow meow — to children in the town for just 20p a go.
Mr Davies, who co-ordinates the town's Christian Forum, said: "I haven't given up looking for suitable buildings for the youth café, but it is not promising.
"Young people in Burry Port have had a poor deal over the years, with the town youth club housed in an impoverished portable building with no running water or toilet facilities, and other organisations meeting in the Copperworks School, which is an extremely poor, dilapidated building.
"We need to wake up to young people's needs.
"Many young people are left to roam the streets because there is no safe place available for them to meet and chat to their friends.
"This makes them more vulnerable to alcohol and drugs such as meow meow.
"Is there a building in Burry Port where these young people can meet?"
The Christian Forum's youth café, which regularly drew a flock of around 40 teenagers, was left homeless earlier this year after suddenly being forced to leave its Burry Port Junior School base for health and safety reasons.
Now, until a longer-term solution can be found, the forum wants to organise a hot chocolate run for the youngsters on cold winter nights.
Mr Davies said: "When the forum's youth café was running, the young people who attended enjoyed a free cup of hot chocolate and this was a feature of the night.
"Now that the youth café is without a home, this is one way of saying that we haven't forgotten about them and still care for them, until we find new premises."
The forum has five experienced youth leaders kicking their heels because no suitable building has been found in Burry Port which they can use for activities.
If you would like to help on the hot chocolate run, contact Mr Davies on 07946 583110.