A youth club that has played a key role in transforming an estate once dubbed the “car crime capital of Europe” is in danger of folding.
Every week for the past six years, Pennywell Youth Project has packed more than 600 children into its Petersfield Road base, getting them off street corners and into activities such as music and DJ workshops, football and out-of-school clubs.
But the club is fast becoming the latest victim of the recession. Grants are drying up, staff are working on a voulntary basis and the lights are being turned off to save funds.
“Jobs have been lost and more could go,” said project manager Gordon Langley. “We could last six months, three months, two months – I just don’t know.”
Taken from Sunderland Echo