Play leaders reveal plans to start new group after Ridgewood Out of School Club in Yate folded
FORMER staff at a Yate out of school club, which closed unexpectedly last week, are hoping to restart another facility for primary school-aged children.
Ridgewood Out of School Club closed last Tuesday (August 13) because of spiraling debts.
Notice was sent to parents via email, on behalf of the committee which runs the club, based at Ridgewood Community Centre on Station Road.
It said: “It is with great sadness that I have to confirm that Ridgewood Out of School Club will close with immediate effect.
“Despite the best efforts of staff and committee the club has considerable debts that need to be cleared and this means that the club is unable to continue.
“Apologies for this closure, it is something that has been strongly considered.”
It meant parents who relied on the club for childcare before and after school hours would be left in difficulties at the start of the new term in September.
But two former play leaders, Lisa Pearson and Sharon Frampton, are hoping to start a new club from the community centre.
Mrs Pearson said: “We cannot say for definite yet whether we can go ahead but we are hoping to.
“At the moment we are just going through the children on our list and working out whether we can start it back it. We need about 26 children a day to make it viable.”
The new club, to be named School’s Out, would be run from a different room within the community centre but would otherwise remain unchanged.
“We need to pay the rent and bills so we need to make sure we can get enough children before we go ahead,” added Mrs Pearson, a fully qualified play leader. “If we can then we will open and we want the club to be lots of fun with plenty of activities for children.
“At the moment we would be looking to do it during term-time only but once we are more established we may do holidays as well.”
If it does open, the club will cater for up to 30 five to 11-year-olds for breakfast and out of school clubs. Anyone interested in registering their child should call Lisa Pearson on 07585 116077 or email email@example.com as soon as possible.
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