Youth club worries as cash runs out

THE future of a youth club is in jeopardy because financial support ends in March. For the past five years the Sandy Youth Group has been funded by the Healthy Living Initiative supported by Bedfordshire Heartlands PCT. Now the contract has nearly ended i

THE future of a youth club is in jeopardy because financial support ends in March.

For the past five years the Sandy Youth Group has been funded by the Healthy Living Initiative supported by Bedfordshire Heartlands PCT.

Now the contract has nearly ended it means the group, which meets on Tuesdays in the grounds of Sandye Middle School, needs to find volunteers to keep going.

"We knew the financial help would only be for a period of five years and the initiative is no longer going anymore so we now have to find our own financial backing," said Ginny Redbond, project co-ordinator and manager at the Manor Family Centre in London Road, Sandy, which organises the youth group.

"We have a membership of 80 at the club but we now need volunteers to take ownership of the group for it to continue. We cannot afford to go on like we have in the past because there is no money.

"It is evident the group is necessary to Sandy by the regular attendance each week. Also people keep talking about having a club in Sandy when they already have one for nine to 15 year-olds.

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"I have written to the parents, guardians and carers of all club members outlining the situation and we are now appealing for urgent help to keep the club going."

Free training courses are being offered to volunteers to gain a certificate in community volunteering that starts at Manor Farm on Monday, March 3.

For more information, contact Mrs Redbond on 01767 683015.