Fears leaky roof will drain Sheffield youth club budget

Youth worker Bernard Turner examines the water damaged ceiling at the Double Six Youth Club.
Youth worker Bernard Turner examines the water damaged ceiling at the Double Six Youth Club.
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A cash-strapped youth group has launched an appeal to prevent the roof of its building caving in.

Sheffield’s Double Six Youth Club is asking for help from members of the public to carry out the urgent replacement work.

The Double Six Youth Club is appealing for funds to repair a leaking flat roof. Our picture shows youth workers, back row, from left, Steve Cross and Richard Turner and worker in charge Richard Hay, with youngsters who use the Club.

The Double Six Youth Club is appealing for funds to repair a leaking flat roof. Our picture shows youth workers, back row, from left, Steve Cross and Richard Turner and worker in charge Richard Hay, with youngsters who use the Club.

The Woodseats club, which has occupied premises in Scarsdale Road since 1996, fears its entire budget will have to go into the work.

Volunteers have been forced to close off the back room of the building for safety reasons.

The popular space was previously a ‘chill-out area’ with a television and games console.

It is the latest blow for the club which has suffered swingeing cuts due to national and local government austerity measures over the past two years.

Youth workers have been forced to concentrate their efforts on fundraising.

They were thrown a lifeline when Sainsbury’s in Archer Road named the club as its charity of the year.

But mending the leaky roof would still mean fewer pennies are spent on providing around 100 Woodseats children with clubs and activities on a weekly basis.

Nicola Doherty, a volunteer at Double Six Youth Club, said: “Unfortunately for us the roof is coming to the end of its life.

“It is collapsing, but all our money will be gone once we replace it.

“We’ve had to focus a lot of our attention on that side of things and less on the youth work aspect, which is such a shame as that’s what we are there to do.

“The back room is now out of bounds.

“We have children from challenging backgrounds, some have low aspirations and we want to give them somewhere to go which is up to scratch and can raise those aspirations.”

Donations and offers of help with fundraising are being welcomed from former members and the wider community.

Anyone who is interested in joining the fundraising committee should call 07545 962015 or donate online at mydonate.bt.com/charities/doublesixyouthclub