Zebs

From grass roots beginnings, to success story today, Zebs shows people how it's done.


Run by Young People Cornwall, the Truro-based Club is a great example of providing for – and connecting with – young people, in ways that work.

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What?

Playing music. Taking photos. Making films. Playing games. Shooting pool. Hanging out. Zebs is a drop-in youth hub in Truro, where young people can be young. It’s all about giving everyone who comes along the chance to try out new stuff, chat with different people, make friends and get support – with a dedicated and clued up youth work team always on hand.

How?

Open from 6pm – 9pm and until 10 pm on Friday nights, Zebs is a safe, friendly and creative place to be. There’s the youth cafe, run by volunteers, where young people can grab a bite and relax, space to just kick back with friends or organised activities and sessions to join in with.

From creating music in the recording studio, to learning how to take better photos, these activities focus is on boosting creative opportunities for young people and inspiring them to see where they can take it. There’s also regular information and support groups covering all the issues that affect young people, from open sessions to single gender groups to one-on-one advice and support.

The team has the know-how to really make a difference for the young people they work with. Whether it’s identifying a talent and helping with accreditation and qualifications, or understanding an issue and helping seek the right support and guidance – their passion and commitment shines through every day.

Why?

Zebs works because it gives young people the freedom to do what they want, when they want to. A safe, encouraging space to hang out with opportunities to explore and discover, young people feel comfortable and confident to grow and develop, ready to seek support and advice when they need it.