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Youth Cafe undergoes refurb and introduces cashless payment option

Wed, 29 Nov 2023

A youth café in Onchan has completed a modern refurbishment programme and what it says 'may be the Island’s first non-profit youth provision with cashless technology'.

As a registered charity, Kenyon’s Café provides a facility for young people aged 11 to 18 where they can relax in a safe place, connect with friends and access advice and support where necessary.

The refurbishment programme has expanded the space within their facility creating a more comfortable environment, especially during drop-in sessions. The facility now boasts modern furniture throughout and decorative LED lighting.

The charity evaluated the use of technology resulting in new capability for accepting card payments for its canteen offering which is crafted with low-priced hot food, drinks and snacks.

Martin Macfarlane, Director at Kenyon’s Café, commented on the new payment method:


"Over the last 12 months we observed a rise in young people transitioning to digital card providers for their pocket money, moving away from traditional cash transactions. This presented a challenge to maintain an affordable pricing model while being accessible to all.

“After encountering limitations with certain providers due to our Isle of Man location, we eventually implemented a cost-effective, low-minimum solution which, since September, has already processed in excess of 30 percent of our transactions. This outcome highlights the importance of listening to the needs of young people and embracing technology.”

Young people who helped steer the recent changes were joined by dignitaries, guests and volunteers to celebrate the completion of the programme and to thank Manx Lottery Trust, Onchan District Commissioners and DESC Youth Service for their support throughout.



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