Parents and children are fighting to reinstate a youth worker who lost her job after dedicating 26 years to serving an area of Sheffield.
A petition has been launched to reinstate Jane Wilson, the woman credited with transforming Woodthorpe’s youth club into the much-loved community asset it is today.
Jane had to reapply for her role with Sheffield Futures after a ‘restructure’ and lost out, despite the fact she has been working with the young people of Woodthorpe since she was a teenager.
Almost 200 signatures have been collected to urge bosses to rethink the decision.
Mum-of-two Anne Roberts, aged 52, of Lower Manor, said: “Everyone thinks it’s absolutely despicable the way she has been treated. The kids round here love her and trust her.
“No degree or qualification can match Jane’s experience.”
Chris Smedley, who runs Manor Boxing Club, said: “I’ve been working with Jane for years now. She knows the area so well, she was born and bred round here.
“There are parents who went to her when they were younger and they’re sending their own kids now.
“A lot of young people come from unstable backgrounds but Jane has always been there for them. As a community we are not prepared to lose her.”
A spokeswoman for Sheffield Futures said: “The recruitment process was fair and open. Jane was unsuccessful.”