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Staffordshire County Council youth clubs run by volunteers

Volunteers have been stepping in to take over the running of youth clubs closed by a council as a cost-cutting measure.

Staffordshire County Council shut 33 youth clubs at the end of 2014 in a bid to save £2.8m and has said many young people did not use the services.

The plans, which were approved by the authority in March last year, were the subject of a 16,000-name petition and protests outside the council's offices.

Gerald Crooks, who lost his job as a council youth worker, has started a youth club in his local village of Tean, which he said attracts more than 30 young people every Friday.

BBC Radio Stoke's Political Reporter Phil McCann has more details.

  • 16 Feb 2015