Youth club cash crisis

A youth club at Raceway Karting - set up by police to combat trouble in the Monkhill area - needs funding to continue.Picture shows PCSO s,volunteers,youthworkers and kids
A youth club at Raceway Karting - set up by police to combat trouble in the Monkhill area - needs funding to continue.Picture shows PCSO s,volunteers,youthworkers and kids

A YOUTH club set up to combat trouble on Pontefract’s Monkhill estate could be forced to close its doors because of a cash crisis.

The group, which was set up at the town’s Raceway Karting in November, has run out of its initial five-week funding and is appealing for more money to save it from the axe.

Sgt Alan Studd, of Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT), which helped launch the group, said: “The local community has welcomed the youth club and worked hard with the police to keep it going each week, so it would be a shame to see the club come to an end.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Wilkinsons which has donated £70 which was used on art and crafts for use in the club.

“However, we need more generosity from local businesses to afford to keep the club going.

“We would be very grateful to anyone who would like to assist us financially to ensure we can stop the closure of the club.”

The club, which was launched by Monkhill and Ladybalk Tenants’ and Residents’ Association (TARA) with support from the NPT, Wakefield Council and Wakefield and District Housing, attracts around 20 children aged between 11 and 15 every Monday.

It was set up after a campaign by community crimefighters Wayne Moxon and Martin Coleman, of the TARA, who discovered children on the estate wanted somewhere to go in the evenings.

They worked with police to find suitable premises for the group, which runs activities including skateboarding, games and producing a bi-monthly newspaper.

Sgt Studd added: “Young people from the town have frequented the club every Monday night, playing pool and taking part in art and design projects.

“We still have lots of plans for projects with the local young people, including musical events and sports

“We need help from the community to continue.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation is asked to contact the NPT by emailing pontefract@ westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or calling 01977 601045.