Lowestoft's new one-stop shop

A new one-stop-shop offering information and support for young people in Lowestoft is set to open early next year. The project, which is being driven by Suffolk County Council in collaboration with local groups and clubs, will see the redevelopment of the former Kiss hairdressing salon in Bevan Street into an advice centre.

A new one-stop-shop offering information and support for young people in Lowestoft is set to open early next year.

The project, which is being driven by Suffolk County Council in collaboration with local groups and clubs, will see the redevelopment of the former Kiss hairdressing salon in Bevan Street into an advice centre.

The intention is for it to become a one-stop-shop for young people replacing Suffolk Youth and Connexions Service's current base in nearby Opportunity House.

It will offer even more services and support than before, with information on a range of topics, including careers advice, housing matters, employment prospects and personal issues.


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The facility will be available to those aged 13 to 19, or up to 25 for those with additional needs, and open during weekdays, with the possibility of extending into the evenings and weekends based on demand.

Earlier this year, young people were given the opportunity to vote on a name for the venue and the county council has now revealed that it will be called The Junction.

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A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: 'The new multi-agency centre for young people in Bevan Street, Lowestoft, will be called The Junction. The name was voted for by local young people and the venue will offer targeted youth support, positive activities, informal learning and information opportunities.

'Initially it will be open on weekdays, but will be extended to weekend or evenings if the demand for it is there. The refit work for the premises is due to start soon with the aim to open the service early next year.'

Building works are under way to improve the layout and access. The county council has submitted proposals for a change of use from a hairdressers to a one-stop-shop for advice for young people to Waveney District Council.

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