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"We don't have any capacity": Vaterstetten youth club dissolves

2023-12-10T15:19:17.939Z

Highlights: "We don't have any capacity": Vaterstetten youth club dissolves. The offer for the VaterStetten JUZ is limited in the evening and on weekends. On Wednesday, 13 December, the institution and youth care of the municipality will be the subject of the main and family committee of the municipal council. "We want to review everything once again and celebrate the work of J UZ BAVA," says the town hall. The association was successful with this, but now the organization is dissolving.



Status: 10.12.2023, 16:06 PM

By: Robert Langer

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There is plenty of space to chill out and a pool table in the temporary rooms of the former school in the municipality of Vaterstetten. During the conversion to a youth centre, the young users were very committed. © Artist: S.ROSSMANN

The offer for the Vaterstetten JUZ is limited in the evening and on weekends: topic also in the responsible committee of the municipal council on 13 December.

Vaterstetten – The goal of a new youth center in Vaterstetten has been at least partially achieved, even if it is a temporary facility in the former school. The association JUZ BAVA (Jugendzentrum Baldham-Vaterstetten) was successful with this. Now, however, the organization is dissolving. "We don't have the capacity," says former chairwoman Samantha Iller (24). "Too bad. We are all so busy at work that it just doesn't work anymore. My heart is bleeding." If help is needed for future actions, "we will be there." However, one thing is clear: The offer at the Vaterstetten youth centre is smaller, especially in the evening and on weekends. On Wednesday, 13 December, the institution and youth care of the municipality will be the subject of the main and family committee of the municipal council.

Happy team on a comfortable sofa at the beginning of the year: The youth workers Martha Golombek (left) and Raphaela Schiede (right). In the middle, Noah Friedrich from the JUZ BAVA association. © Stefan Roßmann

As the town hall confirmed, there will be a final meeting with the JUZ BAVA before Christmas. "We want to review everything once again and celebrate the work of JUZ BAVA," it says. This is emphasized by Noah Friedrich from the association.

Final meeting before Christmas

Vaterstetten once had its own youth centre. But then it was time for a renovation. The costs have long been debated at the political level. At the same time, it was also about conceptual changes. The offers of the youth center were not accepted as desired. An intergenerational house was to be created. This became the "Open House of Workers' Welfare", or OHA for short. But soon there were doubts as to whether the OHA was the right place for all young people. In 2019, a group of young people started an online petition for a new youth centre. Name: Baldhamer Jugendtreff, abbreviated Baju. Since 2017, there has been a youth room on Carl-Orff Straße as a meeting place. But it was very cramped there and not suitable for all ages. Young people met at the Baldham water park. This led to conflicts with local residents. Accusation: disturbance of the peace. The municipal council decided on a new statute with stricter rules, the young people felt excluded.

Living temporary solution

An alternative finally presented itself in the former primary and secondary school on Johann-Strauss-Strasse, after the newly built educational facility at the sports grounds had been occupied. The official inauguration of the temporary youth center was in November 2021. The young people in the JUZ BAVA association were involved in the renovation. Walls were painted, a bar was designed and built, furniture was hauled. The former entrance hall is the central area. The former teacher's room has been converted into a group room. There is also a kitchen, which the association has procured via the Internet. Transport and set-up were organised by the young people.

Young people were very involved

The former Directorate and the Secretariat became offices. One of them is used by the two municipal youth workers Martha Golombek and Raphaela Schiede as a contact point for girls and boys. "Here's a safe zone." In the other room, the club found space, as Noah Friedrich explained to EZ at the beginning of the year.

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Open meeting

The JUZ currently offers an "Open Meeting", Monday to Thursday from 16-19 p.m. and Friday from 13-19 p.m. That's where the younger ones usually come. In the afternoon, according to the town hall, there is now a large crowd. There are between 15 and 25 children in the open meeting every day.

Currently no opening hours on weekends and later in the evening

Later in the day, the older ones were among themselves. At that time, the club was largely independent. "We have also successfully organized parties with many guests," Noah Friedrich had explained in February. That's over now. "Currently, there are no opening hours on weekends and later in the evening," according to information from the town hall.

Situation at the water park has eased

The situation at the water park has eased, according to the town hall. "As far as this summer is concerned, there have been no major complaints. So that seems to be settled.

Offers in the villages

In addition to the JUZ, there are also offers in the villages of the large municipality, which are well received. Neufarn has re-formed: The youth room there started with a new team in May. This group is supported by educators. Otherwise, the Neufarn youth association is self-governing, according to the town hall on request. The construction trailer in Purfing has been well received. This meeting place is also self-governing.

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The former school as a "successful provisional solution" in the form of a youth centre, as the EZ called it, could be secured for the next few years. Actually, after the demolition of the school, housing was planned on the site. But this project of the municipality will have to wait a few more years, also for financial reasons. According to Mayor Leonhard Spitzauer, a residential construction project in the north is to be implemented first. New rooms could then be created there for a community centre or community social centre as a replacement for the previous OHA. "However, the overall project is currently not financially viable," says Spitzauer. Subsequently, the former youth center could become available again for a new youth center in the old rooms. Until then, the temporary solution remains. "The young people don't have to worry about their rooms suddenly being gone," says the mayor.

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