Youth centre risks closure in health cuts

A SERVICE offering support to hundreds of teenagers a month could be moved or closed under cost cutting plans.

Just two months after celebrating its 20th birthday, staff at Jigsaw have been told the service is under an NHS review, which will look into how cost effective it is and whether it is worth keeping open at its current site in Nether Hall Road.

The centre helps people aged between 13 and 19 who might need physical, mental or emotional help, through practical activities such as shopping for budget healthy food or writing CVs.

But its former boss, who ran the centre for two decades, fears the review could see the end of Jigsaw.

Marie Tate, who left last month, said: “There are 700 young people a month who use this service.

“They come from all across Doncaster and I am worried they won’t have anywhere else to go.

“The NHS has to save £1.7 million this year so I realise the budget for the centre would be tight, but the team do a fantastic job for Doncaster.”

The review will be completed by the end of June, when staff and users will be told whether the service has a future.

A spokesman for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), said: “The trust is working with its commissioning trust NHS Doncaster to review the Jigsaw services, in the same way that many NHS services across the nation are being reviewed to ensure they are as efficient and effective as possible.

“We value the high levels of skills the team possess in engaging young people and the purpose of the review is to improve the service by increasing access, enabling more young people in Doncaster to benefit.”

Other services that have been under review through RDaSH include school nurses, although no cuts will be made.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton, said: “Jigsaw is an asset to Doncaster. It provides vital services that have a huge impact on the lives of young people in the borough.”