Area 43, a Cardigan based youth charity has confirmed it will be opening a youth-only café on the high street.

It has recently purchased a property, formerly known as Pendre Art and Kirk’s coffee shop, in order to house its new project.

The youth café will be led "by young people for young people," and supported by trusted professionals.

For more than twenty years, Area 43 has provided drop-in and counselling support to many vulnerable young people in the community.

It aims to tackle head-on the issues around isolation, self-esteem, resilience and the mental health issues affecting young people.

The charity says that it aims do this with young people, rather than creating services and fitting young people into them.

Rachael Eagles, CEO said: "Young people need to know that they can come to us, not just when in crisis, but before then, and that they will be heard, listened to and supported to make changes.

"Services need to have appeal to all young people, be open, inclusive and engaging.

"The youth café will provide a supportive, fun, and worthwhile experiences that are crucial to ensuring young people can and will access services.

"So, should they ever be in crisis, they know where to turn for support."

An independent registered charity, Area 43 provides information, support and training to young people aged 14 to 25 and counselling for under-30s.

Founded as a community needs led project in 1996, it provides a safe, fun, informative and inspiring environment for young people.

It aims to access support, with the aim to empower young people to express themselves by engaging with the issues that affect them directly.

With funding from the WCVA Social Growth Business Fund and Big Lottery funding, the youth café will replace the current drop in provision.

The youth café, yet to be named, is looking for young people who would like to be involved in designing the youth café services.

To get involved with the project you can contact