Kington Youth Centre at risk after funding cuts

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Kington Youth Centre has reduced its opening hours in what has been described as “‘a real loss to the young people” of the town.

The centre, part of the Kington Youth Club based on the Lady Hawkins’ School site, is no longer being run by Herefordshire Council following funding cuts, and is only hanging on thanks to volunteers from Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service (HVOSS).

The centre was well used by students from the school who spent time during lunchtime and after school there, where they could go to socialise, play games and receive advice on issues such as drugs, contraception and alcohol from youth workers Steve Clark and Phil Hughes, but this has now been limited to one evening a week.

Dhanishta Mills, a student at Lady Hawkins’ School, has started a petition to keep the centre open.

She said: “Everyone who spent time in the centre and even the ones that haven’t are all very outraged by such a stupid idea to close it down. We all want our youth centre back.”

There is some funding for youth services available to Kington from next April, but this will be split with Weobley and it is uncertain what it will be spent on, so the centre is now relying on volunteers to come forward to keep it going.

Philippa Dixon, the cover supervisor at Lady Hawkins’ School, said: “I think it is a real loss to the young people of Kington.

“These services are very important to the wellbeing of this town’s young people.”

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3:38pm Tue 9 Oct 12

probono says...

What a pity. The workers at this Centre do so much good work, and the whole community benefits when young people are busy, engaged in activies and happy. Just wait for the moans when they start to congregate on street corners, bored and restless.
What a pity. The workers at this Centre do so much good work, and the whole community benefits when young people are busy, engaged in activies and happy. Just wait for the moans when they start to congregate on street corners, bored and restless. probono
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4:29pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Lukio says...

Wonder what the long term effects of this will be? Will the reduced opening hours result in antisocial behaviour from kids who would have been at the youth centre? If it does, I wonder if the costs saved by HC will cover the bill to deal with this.

Another exemplary decision by HC - cut the grass roots community schemes like this.

But then, you've got huge wage bills to pay so we must expect our services to suffer so you can continue suckling on your public funded teats! Shame on you, but then you wouldn't know humility if it smacked you in the chops.
Wonder what the long term effects of this will be? Will the reduced opening hours result in antisocial behaviour from kids who would have been at the youth centre? If it does, I wonder if the costs saved by HC will cover the bill to deal with this. Another exemplary decision by HC - cut the grass roots community schemes like this. But then, you've got huge wage bills to pay so we must expect our services to suffer so you can continue suckling on your public funded teats! Shame on you, but then you wouldn't know humility if it smacked you in the chops. Lukio
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