Popular out of school provision which offers crafts, discos, film nights and cooking for severely disabled youngsters at Uplands School in North Swindon is facing the threat of closure as £30,000 annual funding has been withdrawn, leaving school staff appealing to businesses to help keep it running.
Deputy head Andy Segal set up the youth club two years ago when he first joined the school, and it proved so popular they successfully secured extra funding to run two sessions on Tuesday afternoons and evenings. However following a review of the Aiming High Short Breaks Funding in 2011 the school has had to drastically cutback after school provision.
Expressing her determination to continue to provide a youth club, Uplands headteacher Jackie Smith said: “We won’t allow the service to close completely. We have allocated funds from the school’s budget to keep the afternoon session open, but we want to offer an evening session as it feels more like a proper youth club.”
The funding is needed to pay for specialist staff to run the club, for materials and to provide transport for those families who are unable to pick up children from the North Swindon venue.
Appealing for donations from private sources Jackie said: “We would very much welcome support from local businesses to keep our youth club open. If 60 companies could each offer us £500 to cover our costs we could continue to help 50 young people and their families each week.”
To help contact Lorna Braid on 01793 493910.
Pictured: In need of help, staff and youngsters at the Uplands after-school youth club
Redhouse shop and café to launch, Thursday 8 November, 10am
Students from Uplands School in North Swindon open their brand new shop and café at Redhouse Village Centre.
The shop will sell good second hand items as well as cards, crafts, gifts and cakes made by students.
Volunteers from Zurich have been preparing the unit for opening.