A LONG-AWAITED project to keep young people off the streets in Gunnislake is about to be launched. The Gunnislake Youth Project will begin with an all- day workshop tomorrow (Good Friday), making decorations for the forthcoming youth café sessions — which the committee hope will attract as many of the village's 11 to 18-year-olds as possible. During the winter months a team of dedicated individuals have been working on securing a venue and getting themselves trained up to be able to run a youth project, to give the young people in the community a focus. With little to do in Gunnislake for this age group, there had been a recent wave in petty crime and vandalism and police, together with partner agencies and the local community, all recognised that something needed to be done. Secretary of the youth project Krys Kitt said she hoped the Thursday youth sessions in Gunnislake Public Hall, which will start on April 17, would go some way to stopping anti-social behaviour in Gunnislake. 'This project is desperately important — the kids get so bored and there have been countless acts of vandalism and violence just in the three years that I have been living here,' she said. 'This area is so neglected and even though Tavistock is near, it is a different county so it falls into different funding,' she said. 'Callington is also on a shoestring but has been tremendously helpful — a youth worker there has been working with the committee and the kids.' A survey asking if young people wanted a youth club provoked more than 60 positive replies and a previous club, which was held by the youth services for a couple of months, had more than 50 regulars attending. 'At the moment it is a bit of a mystery how many will turn up but we hope by running the workshop on Friday at the St Anne's Church Hall we will get an idea of who is interested,' said Krys. On that day there will also be a competition to name the youth café and registration forms will be available for the young people to take home. The committee is calling it a 'buns and banners' workshop and will be serving up hot cross buns during the day. The following Friday, March 28, it will be holding a family disco from 7.30pm in the public hall to raise funds for the project.  Admission will be £3 for adults and £1.50 for children (under 5s are free). There will also be a floor show of local talent. Doors will open for the first youth club session from 6.30pm and as well as games, music and refreshments, there will be a round-the-table talk about electing a youth committee. On the same day the Oasis Centre will be open until 6pm to enable the kids to use the computers. Krys said there were plans to set up an IT club at the Oasis Centre and also activities and trips chosen by the youngsters themselves. 'We have negotiated an agreement with the Gunnislake Football Club to use the pitch on Monday evenings, thus making the Gunnislake youth team a reality,' she added. 'We are on the lookout for qualified coaches who would like to help, so if you fit the bill, please get in touch.' Krys said there was a wish list for the youth club if anyone had surplus items in their loft. But the biggest wish was to have the youngsters themselves coming along. 'We want them to have their say and help make our project the best in Cornwall,' she explained.