Plea to find new home for South Kirkby youth club

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Youth club organisers in South Kirkby are asking for help to find a new home for the club.

South Kirkby Youth Club Association – set up for youngsters on the Holmsley estate – has been running the club at Burntwood Community Centre.

The association is now struggling to fund the £800-a-year community bus to transport children from the estate to the centre and is calling on local property owners to help find them a new home.

Organisers want their own premises as they say it would help them attract more funding so the club can run more than its current once a week.

Rebecca Cartwright, one of five volunteers running the club, said: “We are grateful for use of the Burntwood Centre but we desperately need a base to keep the club going.

“I’ve managed to obtain funding for the community bus for now, but since we only run one night a week getting the funds becomes more difficult each time, and without a way to transport the children there won’t be a club.

“Having a proper base would make it easier to get funding and would allow us places to store equipment, organise more days for different age groups and be able to keep promises to the children about what we can offer them.

“We’ve had 54 youngsters turn up to one of our Monday sessions, so space is also a problem at the moment.”

The group moved to the Burntwood Centre in April after spending several years at Joy’s Hall.

The Holmsley estate area was identified as priority neighbourhood of deprivation in the Wakefield district in 2010.