We took to the Saturday High Street today with a cake sale fundraiser to raise money and awareness for the plight of the Double Six youth club this morning. While their mouths were full of our delicious, sweet homemade cakes, the people of Woodseats were obliged to smile politely and listen as we thanked them for their initial contribution and attempted to persuade them to give even more for the good of the Club. Special thanks must go to ASDA Woodseats, who threw a top-notch pitch and even baking ingredients to get our money drive cooking.
Local MP Meg Munn appealed for help to try and save a local youth club from closure before the end of the month. Meg was emailed by Sophie (16) & Charlotte (17), two of the young people from the Double Six youth club in Woodseats when it was revealed that their funding was due to run out.
The club are currently trying to secure funding from a number of sources – however they won’t find out if their applications have been successful until the summer. In the meantime, young people fear their youth club will close in just three week’s time and they will be left with nowhere to go.
Professional youth workers and trained volunteers run five sessions each week for up to 50 young people a time at the club. They also run a girl’s only session once a week, to support them with advice and information.
Whilst the youth club is based in Woodseats, young people travel to the club from many different areas in Sheffield including, Heeley, Jordanthorpe, Lowedges, Batemoor, Arbourthorne and Gleadless Valley.
“The Double Six Youth Club serves a vital role in the local community, providing young people with the chance to take part in a range of activities and giving them a safe place to go.
The club only costs £12,000 to run for a whole year, and it would be fantastic if they could get support from local businesses, charitable trusts or individuals – no matter how large or small. It would be a real loss to our community if the club closes in just three week’s time.”
Richard Hay, Youth Worker in Charge at the club, said:
"As soon as they heard the news, the girls realised help was needed and jumped into action. I'm so proud of them for reacting in such a constructive and determined way but it comes as no surprise, they're fantastic young people and they know how important the club is for the whole community."
If you can help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07545 962 015.