Hereford & Worcester

Bewdley Café funding crisis may force closure

A Worcestershire charity helping young people may close if it fails to find new funding.

Bewdley Youth Café was set up with lottery money three years ago and offers a safe place for disadvantaged children to go before and after school.

Trustees said they were struggling to find the £70,000 a year running costs.

Councillor Derek Killingworth said: "We are under threat like many other organisations because of the cuts in public money."

Shaun Haywood, 15, who has been excluded from five schools, said the workers at the café have been "brilliant".

"They've given me help and I've been able to see my friend from all my past schools who come here and I wouldn't usually see," he said.

Mark Garnier, the MP for Wyre Forest, praised the service offered by the café.

"A sense of community for school children is just as important as it is in the wider community of a town like Bewdley," he said.

The café was set up in a refurbished building in Load Street, and employs a full time manager.

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