shut down our youth club' - Burnham group's plea over funding
of a Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge youth club - which is set to
close at the end of this year due to a lack of funding - have appealed
for help to keep it running.
first reported here
last week, 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 after its funding from the Town Council stopped.
Emery, Burnham and Highbridge Town Council Clerk, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
that the Council is "not shutting the door" on the club
but said the £10,000 annual cost of running it is too high
for the council on its own.
Lilley said: "I have spoken to some of the parents of children
at the Zone Youth Club and they are really keen to do whatever they
can to save the club."
of the Town Council and the Rural Youth Project have been invited
to the club's Christmas party on 13th December where they will be
able to see at first hand what an amazing time the children have
and what a wonderful job Vic, the leader, does for the children."
go to all the parents for their response and support. We hope the
future of the club will be secured for children."
added that the parents are setting up a Facebook page called the
Zone youth club and would love for parents to join it.
Emery, Burnham and Highbridge Town Council Clerk, said: "At
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."
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 about the closure.