New community centre set to focus on youth

Hakim Hayat

A new Youth Centre at Kampong Bolkiah ‘B’ in Kampong Ayer was opened yesterday to enhance the local community’s development, particularly through initiatives such as upskilling programmes.

The project, initiated in November last year through a partnership between Ristaan Abadi Initiative and Blue Raincoat Collective was made possible with the help of young members from the Institution of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA).

In collaboration with sponsors, a donated residential unit was renovated into a space with a large modern open concept and outfitted with furnishings and amenities. The centre will serve as a place to hold future workshops and events that focus on upskilling the residents and promoting literacy and development skills in the village, in particular the youth of
Kampong Bolkiah ‘B’.

The event saw a presentation from PUJA and the Blue Raincoat Collective and tokens of appreciation presented to the major sponsors of the Youth Centre transformation. A video was also showcased featuring PUJA’s work in the transformation process that also involved the youth from the village.

Legislative Council (LegCo) members Yang Berhormat Dayang Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari and Yang Berhormat Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii were also present at the launch.

The doors to a new youth centre was open to the public at Kampong Bolkiah ‘B’ in Kampong Ayer yesterday. The centre will be used to host workshops and events focussed on upskilling participants, as well as promoting literacy and development skills among residents, particularly the youth in the area. Photo shows children having fun at the community centre.
ABOVE & BELOW: A new community centre renovated from a residential unit in Kampong Bokiah ‘B’ in Kampong Ayer; and children taking part in an activity at the centre. PHOTOS: HAKIM HAYAT