Aylesham’s younger residents have been invited to share their views on the facilities they would like to see in the village in the future.
Aylesham Hub, the group behind plans for a new social facility, this week launched a young people’s survey at the youth club run by the charity, Pie Factory Music.
Participants told volunteers they would like access to a cinema, facilities to play and learn music, and somewhere to spend time with their friends, amongst other suggestions. Asked how he spent his spare time, one boy told us: “Most of the time I ride around on my scooter. There’s nowhere warm or sheltered in the winter. We need a shelter near the skatepark where we can just hang out.”
Social facilities are an important aspect of village life and as Aylesham grows, more amenities will be needed. Community buildings, organisations and facilities can improve people’s health and wellbeing and reduce isolation and loneliness.
While we might think older people are at greatest risk of isolation a national survey has revealed that 16-24 year olds experience loneliness more often and more intensely than any other age group. More than 55,000 people took part in The Loneliness Experiment. Results indicated 40% of 16 to 24-year-olds feel lonely ‘often or very often’ while only 29% of people aged 65-74 and 27% of people aged over 75 said the same.
By asking residents of all ages to help shape the project we can ensure we meet current needs and look at what is likely to be required in the future, while helping everyone to feel part of our community.
The youth survey is open to young people aged 13-18 years old. Surveys completed by 31 December will be entered into a prize draw to receive a voucher worth £30.