Stevenage charity in need of volunteers

Members of the 71 Club at a cheque presentation last year

Members of the 71 Club at a cheque presentation last year - Credit: Archant

A charity club faces the risk of closure if more volunteers do not come forward.

The 71 Club, based at Leydon House Day Centre in Stevenage, has been providing recreational space for people with learning difficulties for more than 40 years.

Club treasurer David Wall says that a lack of volunteers is posing a serious threat to the future of the club.

Mr Wall says the club aims to have approximately 20 volunteers working on a rota basis to attend their weekly Wednesday night sessions at the centre in Leyden Road. They are currently down to just 8.

He said: “It’s frustrating because, financially speaking, we’re in a very good position. It’s just a matter of having the manpower to carry out the work that we want to do.

“I would urge anyone with even a slight interest to come down and give it a go. There’s absolutely no commitment and no pressure if you decide it’s not for you. In my experience, everyone who has taken part has left having had a great time.”

The club was first set up in 1971 to provide support for people suffering with learning difficulties with funding from Hertfordshire County Council.

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The council withdrew its funding in 2011 but charities Mencap, Leisure Direct and the Linkage Group stepped in, in partnership with several local businesses, to make sure it continued.

If you are interested in volunteering for The 71 Club, contact David Wall on 01438 811631.