Potton Youth Club faces uncertain future unless more youngsters attend

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:45 04 May 2018

Potton Youth Club could be closing later this year. Picture: Potton Youth Club Facebook

Potton Youth Club could be closing later this year. Picture: Potton Youth Club Facebook

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Potton Youth Club faces an uncertain future, and an appeal has been put out for more young people to attend.

Potton Town Council confirmed on Tuesday that extra funding to keep the club open until March next year has been found – but an average of 20 youngsters a month must be attending until the end of this June.

Town clerk Jonathan Whitehurst told the Comet: “Potton Town Council has set the youth club a target of an average of 20 young people attending per month until the end of June as we feel that is an acceptable number.

“The youth club is paid for by taxpayers’ money so it must pay its way so to speak – hence why we need the target to be met.

“The town council has found between £4,000 and £5,000 of extra funding until March next year, but the target must be met.

“They are close to achieving the target with 18, 22 and 16 attending in January, February and March respectively.

“I must stress, the town council does not want to see the youth club close – so we are encouraging as many young people to attend as possible.”

The youth club is run by charity Groundwork, with sessions open for teenagers aged 13 to 18 between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday nights at the pavilion in Mill Lane.

Amber Neat from the charity explained what the youth club offers.

“At present there is a music and video project where young people can record and edit their own music or video using the Apple iMac,” she said.

“There are also regular cooking sessions where young people can cook a variety of different cuisines from around the world and learn about the culture where the dish originates from.

“There are often sessions based around awareness days to help young people learn about issues that may impact people and our communities, and celebration days to teach them about our cultures and traditions.

“There is also support available from trained youth workers to discuss issues the young people may have.

“The club is a valued resource for the young people who benefit from the services on offer, thanks to the hard work of the team there.”

To find out more about Potton Youth Club, email kira.bernard@groundwork.org.uk.

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