Cash shortage sparks fears for youth club

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A YOUTH club which supports people with additional needs could be forced to close unless bosses secure more funding.

Bury St Edmunds based Communi-K8 is facing a cash shortage after its grant from Suffolk County Council was slashed in half.

Bosses are now appealing for sponsorship from companies to help keep the organisation running.

Linda Anderson, senior youth worker, said: “I ended up with £19,000 from Children and Young People’s services and Activities Unlimited – they would have originally given me double that.

“I was talking to the accountant and it looks like it will only last until about February if we are lucky.

“We’re looking to try to do some fund-raising but it would be nice if we could get a sponsor who will give us some funding to keep us going.”

The club has seen the number of paid staff drop from five to three and is reliant on volunteers.

She said: “We need funds for staffing costs.

“I can’t go down any less than three paid staff otherwise it’s getting to unacceptable levels.”

The club allows people with additional needs aged 13 to 24 to socialise and have fun in a safe environment.

Ms Anderson added: “I’ve got about 32 people on my list and some come every week.

“There’s informal education activities like buying food so we can cook and we take them on visits, which have had to be more local than they used to be.”

The group meets at the Infobar, in Whiting Street, on Monday and Thursday at 3.30pm to 6pm and Saturday at 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Anyone who can help should contact Ms Anderson on 07932617179.