A £10,000 appeal has been launched by The Source - Aldershot's non-profit making youth café.

The money is needed to help meet the running costs of the three nights a week meeting place in Grosvenor Road.

Local businesses, organisations and the public are being asked to support the venture which helps keep young people off the streets.

The Source, which is open to the 14-25 age group, needs almost £20,000 a year to keep its doors open.

So far it has raised £10,000, and this latest appeal is aimed at raising the balance.

Jo Clements, project co-ordinator, said: "The response from the community so far has been marvellous."

She described The Source, which opened almost two years ago, as an Aldershot success story.

"The town has a large population of teenagers who are often bored in the evenings with nothing to do," added Jo.

"We get between 25 and 40 young people attend each evening, and we could cater for more."

The Source, which is run by Jo and 30 volunteers, provides a place where youngsters can "hang out" and watch television or videos, use computers, play table tennis or pool, and chat to trained youth workers.

There is also a downstairs café serving subsidised refreshments.

Donations to The Source may be made at The Halifax, Union Street, Aldershot.