LETTER: Burnley Boys’ Club says thanks to staff

In light of the reported cut-backs to Lancashire Youth Service, Burnley Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Barden Lane, is to lose the Lancashire County Council/Young People’s Service provision of staff for our club, which, after 30 years in partnership, we will be sad to see end.

May we take this opportunity to thank the YPS and all the staff who have ever worked at the club or who have been seconded to us to deliver youth provision.

We do, however, require funding from all avenues to continue our excellent service to the young people of the local community.

We have been providing this service for 112 years and do not intend to stop this service in the near future. With more than 300 core users of our club within the community we are dependent as ever on the community’s help and support as we have been since 1899. All local children, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents have been extremely supportive for a very long time to our club.

Burnley Boys’ and Girls’ Club is owned privately by the children and run by a management committee to oversee the general running of the club. We have members of staff with us that have been here for up to 50 years plus we also have more than 20 volunteers and helpers for the club during the week and weekends.

We are supported by numerous bodies and hold fund-raising events and functions to raise money for our club, the next one being in July with the Matt Shaw tribute to Meatloaf. Matt was the winner of “Stars In Your Eyes” on ITV. We will be holding this in our 150-seated community hall at the side of the club.

We will be sorry to see staff leave, of course, but the club is not going anywhere. We are losing YPS staff provision unfortunately, but we thank them for all their hard work for more than 30 years in partnership with our club.

JOHN MELVIN BURNLEY BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUB LEADER