Time runs out for teen programme

A SUCCESSFUL Doncaster youth project which helps keep kids out of trouble is coming to an end because the money has run out.

Parents also fear for the future of Bullcroft Youth Club at Carcroft where the Youth Inclusion Programme is based.

They suspect Doncaster Council will put the building on Skellow Road up for sale, although council officers say no decision has yet been made and local people will be consulted.

The YIP has benefited dozens of teenagers, mostly boys, from the Adwick, Carcroft, Skellow and Woodlands area.

One parent, Dave Corby, said: "We don't want it to close because it has done such a lot of good in this area.

"It's been open all the time with kids able to go in for a chat and have some counselling.

"There are four full-time staff employed by the council and they've been doing a great job.

"We know for a fact the crime rate in this area has gone down because of what the YIP has been doing with these youngsters. If it closes these kids will have nowhere to go for help and guidance.

"Hundreds have used it since it started and it has been really good. I am really annoyed that it's going."

Mr Corby said they also feared for the future of an amateur boxing club that uses the Bullcroft as a training gym and currently has between 30 and 40 members.

He and other parents are planning a leaflet and petition campaign to try and win a reprieve for the YIP.

Chris Pratt, Doncaster Council's director of the children and young people's service, said: "The main programme delivered from Bullcroft Youth Centre is the Youth Inclusion Programme, which is ending at the end of March due to the government grant for this being stopped.

"Therefore, we are now reviewing the future of the centre, and in doing so we will consult with those who currently use it. The council will not be taking a decision until this review and consultation has taken place."

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