7Corners

More Than Just a Place to Meet

History

The 7Corners Centre provides a place where young people can meet in safety, find help for personal development and receive support if in crisis. Working closely with various regional and national organisations we provide a comprehensive service for the youth of Abergavenny, Monmouthshire (Gwent).

The 7Corners Centre is run by the local Christian charity The Bridge to Cross Charitable Trust. The trustees, who have a wealth of experience, are all local to Abergavenny and they share a passion for the young people of the town and surrounding area.

The Bridge 1Founded in September 2000 The Bridge to Cross Charitable Trust set about finding a suitable venue and raising the funds to realise their vision. In May of 2002 three retail units in Seven Corners Lane became available and after the suggestion from some of the young people, the Trustees entered negotiations to purchase the freehold. In August 2002 the negotiations were completed and in September 2002 contractors appointed to carry out refurbishment. The building was opened in May 2003.

Centre SupportersThe Trustees funded the purchase & refurbishment costs to create the centre that today provides a Cafe, IT suite, Chillout/Meeting room, dedicated counselling suite and an Admin Office. Ongoing funding is by way of donations from local people, Churches, Businesses, fund-raising events and volunteers.

In September 2007, The HSBC Bank, Abergavenny branch, kindly funded £2,450 to allow us to buy a new cinema system with surround sound so that the young people could watch films on a Friday night. Film Friday is run as an alternative to the ever increasing under-age binge drinking on a Friday evening that is prevalent in Britain today.

DSC_4878In 2008 the decaying wall and overhanging buddleia opposite the centre was removed and replaced with a new wall that greatly improved the location turning an intimidating area into a bright hospitable location. The loose paved area was cleared and replaced with a raised patio complete with wheel chair access point and most recently, scrub land has been cleared and made into a garden complete with flowers and shrubs. All of this work was carried out by the young people who use the centre and clearly demonstrate that today’s young people can be contributors, when mentored properly, for the benefit of the community they live in.

Counselling_SuiteOn the 20th February 2009 the new extension to the centre was officially opened by Simon Boyle, the then Lord Lieutenant for Gwent. The principal use of the extension, which can be accessed separately from the centre if needed, is by external agencies offering rehabilitation and other services. This large project was again undertaken by a team of young people who use the centre with the supervision of the centre staff. The extension also houses a prayer room upstairs to provide a quiet area for the young people to pray if they wish.