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Brundall youth club saved from brink of closure

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 April 2011

A youth club which was a victim of council cuts has been saved from the brink of closure thanks to dedicated villagers.

The future of Brundall Youth Club was under threat after Norfolk County Council cut the youth services budget.

It had been run by two youth workers but, as a result of the cuts, they were no longer able to continue their work at the Memorial Hall-based club. A rallying call was put out to people in the village to help run the weekly event for youngsters aged 10 to 18-years-old.

The plea was answered and now a management committee has been set up with a team of volunteers on board committed to keeping the club going.

Andrew Proctor, chairman of the management committee, said: “We’ve got a tremendous pool of people who live locally and want to give their time to keep it going.

“It’s really pleasing to see people from the village step up to the plate to volunteer and to see people working together, both young people and adults. I’m very optimistic that we’ve got something good here for the benefit of all the village.”

The youth club runs every Thursday and has a range of activities for youngsters, including electronic games, disco, badminton, indoor and outdoor pursuits and a tuck shop.

This week, the management committee will hold its first meeting where it will set out a constitution and all of the people involved are being CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked. The youth club will start up again after the Easter holidays on April 28. It is hoped that the qualified youth workers will come back on a regular basis to help out. “It was absolutely essential that the youth club continued,” added Mr Proctor, who lives in Brundall and is also a Broadland District Council councillor for the village.

“All the young people didn’t want to lose the facility. It might only be once a week, but it’s a valuable once a week.”

Are you fighting to keep a vital service going in the area where you live? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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