Libby Hope (11) from Woodseats was recognised for her activism after she heard that her much-loved youth club was facing funding problems. After writing a letter to David Cameron, Libby took the campaign online and tweeted hundreds of people asking for support, resulting in Sheffield’s own Jon McClure from Reverend and the Makers visiting the club to raise awareness.
Richard Hay, Youth Worker in Charge at Double Six Youth Club said, “We try to encourage our young people to know their rights and stand up for what they believe in. When Libby and her friends found out about the club’s financial troubles they were immediately proactive and demonstrated key leadership skills.
Libby’s achievements show that youth clubs can play a pivotal role in society. If you think youth clubs are inconsequential and just a place to play pool then you’re wrong. We’re here to empower the next generation.”
The club’s youth workers and trustees are still working tirelessly to secure the £12,000 it requires to keep the club in operation but the team have been ‘delighted’ with the support they have received from its young people and local community.
Double Six has benefited from a number of fund-raisers including, a bake sale coordinated by a small group of entrepreneurial girls who raised over £70 for the club, one Woodseats family persuaded a local pub to start a collection which is on-going and looks to have generated well over £200, and the club has also managed to secure some commercial help. The Asda store in Woodseats has named the club its chosen charity of the year and the local magazine ‘Activ8’ will give proceeds to the club from an advertising campaign it ran in its last issue.
The club has also set up a charity donation page through BT’s commission-free mydonate website and would encourage anyone who would like to a make a donation to do so through this channel.