Fight to keep youth club open continues

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save the Cantelupe Club Youth Centre have presented letters supporting the club to the Derbyshire County Council improvement and scrutiny committee.

Liz Potter and Wendy Prati made the journey to Matlock to take part in a workshop and to hand over letters urging the council not to close it.

Liz said: “It’s very, very scary to think that this council is considering closing all 29 of its youth clubs and leaving it up to the voluntary sector to pick up the pieces.

“The voluntary sector do enough and without a properly-funded youth service across the county, so many young people will miss out.”

Derbyshire County Council is currently running a consultation over the future of its youth services.

It is proposed that all 29 council-run clubs will be shut down and buildings sold off or leases cancelled.

If the proposals get the go ahead then funding will be made available to voluntary and community groups.

Liz, a volunteer for Erewash Disability Sports Group, Age Concern and Action for Carers Erewash, added: “I’m very worried about it all, the council is condiering decommissioning the whole youth service and hoping that the voluntary sector will fill the gap and pick up the pieces.”

Wendy Prati said: “For a lot of the people who go to the club it is their life.

“It’s the only place they go and the only place they get the support and social interaction they need.

“There are some members in their 30s, they’ve been at the club for years and what does that tell you?

“If it closes there will be a massive void to fill and volunteers will have a lot of work to do.”