Volunteers shortage threatens youth club
A youth club which gives youngsters somewhere to go on a Saturday night could close if more volunteers are not found soon.Over the last four weeks, the number of helpers at Sheringham youth club has dwindled leaving leaders struggling to oversee up to 60 children at the town's community centre each weekend.
A youth club which gives youngsters somewhere to go on a Saturday night could close if more volunteers are not found soon.
Over the last four weeks, the number of helpers at Sheringham youth club has dwindled leaving leaders struggling to oversee up to 60 children at the town's community centre each weekend.
The club needs at least four adults volunteering every Saturday to supervise youngsters, aged up to 11, between 6.15pm and 8.15pm.
Brian Hannah, a district councillor who is spearheading the campaign to keep it open, said the youth club had already reduced its sessions to fortnightly and could not survive for much longer without more help.
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He said: “Unfortunately we have had to make the decision that unless volunteers are forthcoming in the next two months, the club will not continue to function after Christmas.”
The councillor said if a rota of 20 volunteers could be formed they would only need to give up one evening a month.
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The lack of volunteers is already affecting the activities the club can put on, but Mr Hannah said, with the right support, children could play football, pool and table tennis. He added: “We've even been offered to link up with the Sheringham Little Theatre.”
Helpers are also needed to supervise the smaller senior group, which caters for children aged 12 and up and begins at 8.15pm.
It is the second time this year Sheringham Youth Club has faced closure. In February emergency meetings were held to find new volunteers and people to take on key roles including a treasurer and administration workers.
If you would like to volunteer contact Mr Hannah on 01263 823791.