Youth project finishes for Ashfield kids

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Young people in Kirkby are set to lose out on recreational and educational activities after funded youth work comes to an end at a community centre.

Four part-time paid youth workers will lose their jobs at The Ashwood Centre, on Portland Street, when five years of Big Lottery funding runs out this month.

Currently the Generation Project at the centre runs four after-school and two evening sessions, offering a mix of activities from pool and table tennis, help with homework, a girls group, to Zumba and graffiti art.

Trustee at the centre, Claire Bell, said the after-school activities would probably end. She said: ““Kirkby will be losing out and we will not be able to offer as much as we have - but these sort of cuts are happening country-wide. We will do our best to keep as much open as possible. We are looking at other funding options and partnerships with other local charities and organisations to see what could be viable for young people in the future.”

The centre is holding a Youth Celebration Event on Friday 14th February, from 4-6pm, to mark the achievements made by young people through the activities.

Claire said: “We are showcasing the many great things which have happened during this five year period. It is important the Ashfield community has a positive picture of what has happened with young people in Kirkby.”

The centre has been largely run by volunteers since it was set up on the site of the former Claremont textile factory 10 years ago and has become a hub for local charities and voluntary groups.