The first non-alcoholic “chill-out lounge” for young people will launch this weekend.

Sparkz will be open to 11 and 16-year-olds on Fridays and Saturdays at Clementswood Community Centre on Connaught Road, Ilford.

The project was devised by Redbridge Youth Councillor, Hannah Chowdhry, from Chigwell, who was concerned about the lack of facilities for young people in the borough of Redbridge.

Miss Chowdhry, said: "The project has been delayed due to lack of funding but we have managed to create a small kitchen at Clementswood Community centre and can use a small hall that will serve around 30 young people.

"Through contacts at my school I have been able to build up a small team of volunteers who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

"Visitors will have to pay a small entrance fee of £2 but that will include one free non-alcoholic cocktail.

"Food and snacks will be available at a cost but I don’t think anywhere else can compete with our prices for sumptuous burgers and hotdogs which will be sold for £1.70 each.

"It is a wonderful opportunity for parents to put their feet up and leave their teenage children in a safe supervised environment.

A trial event was held on Friday, September 7, and Saturday, September 8, respectively, where several teens were treated to free drinks and food.

“It will allow local youth in Ilford to use their iPods, phones and games using our electronic whiteboard whilst socialising more communally with others of a similar age,” Miss Chowdhry. "We have a sound system and can also play music for those who want to dance or simply prefer a slightly noisier background.

"We hope having supervised arenas like this will get more young people of the streets and away from gang culture, while also promoting local unity."

Sparkz will have its grand opening on Friday, September 16, from 6pm, those wanting to attend must provide a proof of age on their first attendance.