Youth club to close one night a week

PORTISHEAD Youth Club is to lose one of its evening sessions.

The decision has been made to close the Harbour Road club on Wednesday evenings as part of the management committee’s plans for the centre’s future.

Chairman Ros Cruse said: “On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, the youth club runs near to full capacity but for some reason Wednesday evenings are much quieter.

That is why, as part of our budget management, we have decided to cut this session and we will review it again in the autumn.”

North Somerset Council employed youth workers at the centre have been made redundant by the authority. The management committee, however, has raised sufficient funds to keep the centre open for the foreseeable future and directly employ the youth workers and centre management staff.

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It is also running a pilot scheme for weekend opening throughout March.

Mrs Cruse added: “We do not have an endless pot of money, so how we manage funds will be crucial to the longevity of the youth centre.

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“Meanwhile we will carry on applying for grant aid and continue fundraising to our best ability to help keep the first class youth service we provide in place.”

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