'We are not shutting door' on Burnham-On-Sea youth club
and Highbridge Town Council says it is "not shutting the door"
on a local youth club which is set to close at the end of this year
due to a lack of funding.
first reported here
by Burnham-On-Sea.com, The Zone Youth Club at Burnham's BAY Centre
has been successfully running for over four years - however it's
set to shut at the end of December due to a lack of funds.
Emery, Burnham and Highbridge Town Council Clerk, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The Youth Zone was originally set up as a new Youth Town Council.
The children did not wish to meet at the Town Council offices and
it was moved to the Bay Club and became a youth club. The youth
services were provided by Somerset Rural Youth Project and paid
for by the Town Council following a successful bid with Somerset
County Council for a grant."
the beginning of the year the numbers of attendees at the club were
very low. SCC Youth services, the Clerk and Somerset Rural Youth
Project met and worked on service provision and numbers required
to continue with the Youth Club. An agreement was reached that the
Town Council would pay for half the year and see if the numbers
numbers have increased, but unfortunately Somerset Rural Youth Project
have lost funding and the cost to the Town council was set to double
to £10k per annum. The Town Council reluctantly concluded
this did not offer best value, and that the service would have to
stop at Christmas."
the Town Council is not shutting the door, it is looking for other
providers who can provide a qualified Youth worker to deliver not
only fun and games, cooking and life skills, but support to the
young people who attend."
"The Town Council is currently balancing next years budget,
part of which is a £45k grant pot, which this year has given
out funds of £17,350 to seven groups that provide support
for clubs, or wellbeing or other youth based services."
Windsor, the youth club's leader, said the children were all "very
upset" when she broke the news to them this week.