Closure-threatened Burnham-On-Sea youth club in fundraising push
at Burnham-On-Sea's Zone Youth Club have this week launched a fundraising
campaign to try and save the group from closure.
by Burnham-On-Sea.com last November, the club - based at the BAY
Centre in Cassis Close - was set to shut due to its funding from
the Town Council running out. However, we reported here
in December that town councillors had extended the funding until
the end of February.
Zone Youth Club's Chairman David Sinclair and committee are now
aiming to secure the future of the organisation beyond next month.
formed a committee of four and are starting a big fundraising push
- we're planning a new crowd-funding initiative where local businesses
can pledge services or products to be auctioned on the Crowd Funder
website," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
also working on many grant applications and are aiming to raise
about £6,000 a year to keep the club going."
are seeking funding from lots of different sources, not just local
councils, and have already held talks with the Rotary Club, Somerset
Youth Service and Somerset Community Foundation."
added: "It's worth pointing out that the BAY Centre in Cassis
Close where we are based is safe and self-sufficient - our concern
is only about the youth club itself."
have a small band of dedicated parents running the group and we
are appealing for more helpers - trained is available and everyone
added that the club is planning a launch event soon where further
details about the fundraising scheme will be available.
20 youngsters attend the youth club each week and it's growing -
it's so important to have a safe environment for our local children
to develop their social skills," he says. "It gives them
independence, builds up their confidence and is a great community
resource. It would be terrible to lose it."
Mike Lang, BAY Centre Chairman, added: "We are very supportive
of the club as far as our charity status permits - we hope that
the Zone Youth Club continues for many years to come."