Kids to learn the point of manners and healthy food

The Point
The Point

The iconic Point building is to spend its final months as a 1950s-style ‘good manners’ bootcamp for city children.

The youngsters will be banned from fiddling with mobile phones, forbidden fizzy drinks and taught old-fashioned courtesy and communication skills.

They will also be tutored in everything from healthy eating and honesty to fitness and first aid.

Computer games will be replaced with Monopoly and Scrabble in a bid to boost tactical thinking, while punishments for rebels will be short and sharp – 25 press ups performed on the spot, said organiser Gary Payne.

He runs the city-based Young People Are Our Future charity, which has already mentored 11,000 young people through life skills courses.

The charity was offered the use of former multiplex cinema site The Point for up to 18 months until plans for its demolition and redevelopment go ahead.

Owners Hammerson are charging a “peppercorn” rent for more than 8,000 sq feet, said Gary.

“It’s fantastic. We finally have enough room do everything we want to do to help young people. The Point will become a dedicated life skills centre and we will make good use of every inch!” he said.

The charity plans to cater for 100 children and young people aged between five and 24 every week. There will be behaviour management mentoring courses, family forums, community workshops, self defence, keep fit lessons and even cookery classes carried out in a specially designed kitchen.

More details of the project, which was launched on Tuesday, are available on www.ypaof.org.