Youth centre campaign

Doncaster  Mayor Peter Davies.
Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies.

SUPPORTERS of a popular youth centre are campaigning for a fuller programme of activities to be re-instated.

The Youth Inclusion Programme (YIP) at Bullcroft Youth Centre was facing closure because of Government spending cuts, but won a last-minute reprieve when mayor Peter Davies said the council would help fund it for a year.

But one year on former volunteer Belinda Ross, who helped to organise a petition to keep the club going says they are yet to see how the funding has been used to help the project.

Despite work been done to improve the building in Skellow Road, Carcroft, popular sessions including a youth drop-in, teaching sessions and art workshops are no longer running.

She added: “The centre used to be open everyday, it was always somewhere children or parents could go for advice and activities.

“Now most days it’s closed, children in the area have nothing to do and as a result we are seeing an increase in crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Mayor Peter Davies has been very happy to meet with us throughout the year but we still don’t seem to know what is happening with the funding.”

The Youth Inclusion Programme is a £150,000 a year project part-funded by the Home Office and made up of youth and social workers, teachers and drugs advisors.

Ms Ross said the YIP project was a lifeline for children in the area and needed to be maintained.

Chris Pratt, director of the children and young people’s service, said: “The building is open in the evenings and during the day as it was previously. This enables families to access support through the Parent Drop in and The Work Club.

“Over the last six months numbers of young people accessing the centre have significantly increased. “In total 121 individual young people have accessed the centre, many making repeat visits.”