A new youth club called 'Toast' opens today in Exmouth, and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) Colin Balch and Karen Capey will be there chatting with attendees.

The sessions run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3.30pm to 5.30pm at Open Door community centre in Church Street, Exmouth and is open for secondary school and college age students.

They will talk to people about their role and give out freebies such as the INSIGHTZ fobs which include a QR code that will take them to the Devon & Cornwall Police youth website where they can get advice on how to stay safe, as well as information about other issues including drugs and sexual exploitation.

The name TOAST was chosen as those attending will be offered some bread-based snacks during their two hour session.

PCSO Karen, who works in Budleigh Salterton, Woodbury and other villages as well as across Exmouth, explained: “TOAST is similar to a youth club and the youngsters can take part in crafts, online gaming and baking. We will be going along and will be available to those taking part who want to discuss any concerns they may have. 

Rose Doyle, youth services lead at Open Door Exmouth said: “Toast is a new youth café run by Open Door Exmouth for secondary-school aged young people to hang out in a safe space. Each young person can receive a free after school snack and hot or cold drink. There are board games, video games, and crafts available, as well as support from a member of the youth team if they require it. Young people can come and go as they please between 3:30-5:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Open Door Exmouth during term time."