Youth clubs saved after town council steps in

PLEASED: The recently made-over venue
PLEASED: The recently made-over venue
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Two youth clubs have been saved after Penwortham Town Council stepped in with funding.

The sessions on Tuesday and Friday nights at Penwortham Community Centre in Kingsfold Drive, came to an end after Progress Housing’s budget for a youth worker dried up.

PLEASED: Penwortham town manager Steve Caswell

PLEASED: Penwortham town manager Steve Caswell

The closure disappointed hundreds of children who enjoyed facilities at the venue, which was given an overhaul earlier this year by charity Sutty’s Shooting Stars.

Now Town Council bosses have decided to step in to solve the problem, and hope to have the sessions up and running again in January.

Steve Caswell, town manager, said: “The youth groups are important, they serve the whole of Penwortam and are extremely popular.

“The role of the Town Council is to provide services above and beyond what is provided by borough and county councils. That is becoming more and more important in these days of austerity.

“We saw that a gap had opened up and needed filling, so we’ve put our hands in our pockets and are meeting the costs from savings we’ve made.

“We’re really excited about it and so are the local youngsters. Theres’ a waiting list for the pre-teen club on Tuesdadays.”

The amount of funding to secure the services has not been announced.

The makeover of the centre’s youth club room was completed in April by Ray and Cathy Sutton of Sutty’s Shooting Stars.

The charity invested £7,000 in the project, boosted Barclay’s bank, which has made Sutty’s Shooting Stars it’s small charity of the year for the Preston area.

As well as a full interior re-paint, there a new three-piece suite was installed, as well as a new table tennis table, a state-of-the-art games machine, a music centre and kitchen equipment.