Grant appeal to keep youth club

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 October 2015

Youth club appeals for funding for another year.

Youth club appeals for funding for another year.

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A popular youth club is appealing for a grant so it can stay open next year.

Backwell Youth Club management committee is asking Backwell Parish Council to support it with a £10,000 grant to pay for running costs.

The parish council has been solely funding the club at the recreation ground in Rodney Road since North Somerset Council cut funding for youth services.

Speaking at a parish council meeting on October 6, Valerie Wells, from the management committee said: “Thank you so much for the money you give us for the running of Backwell Youth Club. If we didn’t have the money from the parish council there would be no youth club.

“With very prudent financial management and our excellent provider from Long Ashton called EPIC Youth, we’ve been able to manage another year on reduced grants but we are just about reaching survival level.

“We’ve moved on from providing a drop-in centre for the young people. We now provide a social centre for young people with a varied programme of activities.

“Our numbers have increased this year although we would like more to come. Unfortunately youth club numbers throughout the district are relatively low, so we are doing quite well.

“We do cooking and sports activities and we provide a safe and friendly environment for young people aged 11-14 who do not want to join more structured clubs. I do hope Backwell will continue to have a youth club.”

The club opens on Mondays and Thursdays and attracts around 12-16 young people each session.

Parish council chairman Cllr Bob Taylor said: “They always do a great job. That’s about 30 children each week who are getting out and taking part in activities.”

The parish council will consider what grants to award when drawing up its budget for next year.


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