The future of the Sylvia Beaufoy Youth Centre at Petworth is under threat following West Sussex County Council’s decision to axe its funding, which totals some £20,000 a year.
And chairman of the management committee Clive Fish has warned that without financial support from the town council, other organisations and help from the community: ‘the centre has got problems’.
The bombshell was dropped at the start of the year when Mr Fish and his management team were told they will lose their staff, a full-time leader and two part-timers as well as funding to meet the day-to-day running costs.
“It’s very, very disappointing,” said Mr Fish. “As a centre we have been very lucky in having brilliant leaders. Now we are told there will be no financial support although they will continue to give advisory support – but finance is the lifeblood. Without money we cannot run and the future of the centre is threatened.”
Full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer,Thursday, February 23