Volunteer plea for Attleborough youth scheme

Fears have been raised that a youth club in Attleborough will be forced to close as a result of a volunteer shortage - less than six months after it first opened.

The Attleborough Youth Project opened its doors in May after 18 months of work by community figures to give young people aged between 11 and 16 somewhere to meet on a Friday night.

But organisers yesterday warned that they were considering winding up the group if they were unable to find more adult helpers.

The youth project, which meets at the Attleborough Community and Enterprise Centre every Friday between 6.30pm and 9pm, had to turn away children at its last two sessions because of a lack of volunteers.

Officials will stage an emergency meeting at the centre in Church Street on October 7 at 7pm to decided the future of the youth club.

The numbers of adult helpers has dwindled from 16 at the beginning to just 6 and organisers are calling on townsfolk to come forward to save the scheme.

The club attracts about 30 young people who pay 50p to use the community centre as a place to meet friends, listen to music and play computer games, table tennis and snooker.

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Alison Taylor, chairman of the Attleborough Youth Project, said she hope to organise more specialised events, such as youth discos, but she did not have enough volunteers. She added that there was a danger of the project folding without more support.

'A lot of people complain about kids being on the street and we are trying to do something about it, but we need people's support. We seem to have a regular group of children coming, but every time we have to close, we will lose people on the way,' she said.

All adult volunteers will be CRB checked. For more information, email attleboroughyouthproject@yahoo.co.uk or call 07770 426567.