Youth centre may be handed late reprieve

Protesting against the proposed closure of the Doncaster Youth Inclusion Programme based at Bullcroft Youth Club, Carcroft, are, from left, James Shaw, aged 17, of Skellow, Brendan Corby, aged 13, of Skellow, Cara Noble, of Skellow, Ruby Lloyd, aged three, Kirstie Lloyd, of Woodlands, Kenzi Wilson, aged two, Belinda Ross, aged Carcroft, Lee Corby, aged 20, of Skellow, and Dave Corby, also of Skellow.

Protesting against the proposed closure of the Doncaster Youth Inclusion Programme based at Bullcroft Youth Club, Carcroft, are, from left, James Shaw, aged 17, of Skellow, Brendan Corby, aged 13, of Skellow, Cara Noble, of Skellow, Ruby Lloyd, aged three, Kirstie Lloyd, of Woodlands, Kenzi Wilson, aged two, Belinda Ross, aged Carcroft, Lee Corby, aged 20, of Skellow, and Dave Corby, also of Skellow.

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A YOUTH centre which is said to have cut crime in a number of Doncaster villages could be getting a last-minute reprieve.

The Youth Inclusion Programme at Bullcroft Youth Centre in Carcroft is under threat of closure next month but Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies wants to save it, despite being faced with millions of pounds of council cutbacks.

Parents have launched a protest petition because they believe the programme helps keeps teenagers on the straight and narrow.

Mr Davies told a Doncaster Council Cabinet meeting held to discuss next year’s budget – which has to be cut by £30 million – that he was proud of being able to keep most council services and made particular mention of the YIP at Bullcroft, which also serves Adwick-le-Street and Woodlands.

He referred to it as “an excellent investment” and Coun John Mounsey said the YIP, set up five years ago, had helped get 68 kids off the street and was “doing a damned good job”.

The Mayor told him: “No promises, but I am hoping to introduce another couple in the borough.”

The latest development gives hope to the campaigners who were shocked by the news that the YIP funding from the Government is due to come to an end before April.

Petition organiser Belinda Ross said: “The scheme has really helped reduce crime and anti-social behaviour but if it closes they’ll be hanging about on the streets again with nothing to do. It’s so much more than a youth club.”

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