Maghull Town Council appeals for volunteers as Tory-Lib Dem cuts

Maurice Byrne

Maghull Town Council is appealing for volunteers to come forward to help keep Maghull's Youth Services alive as Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts risked the future of the service in the town.

The Tory-Lib Dem cuts have hit youth services throughout Sefton.

But now, Maghull Town Councillors are hoping to draft in support from the public to help keep the service going.

Maghull Town Council Labour Councillor, Maurice Byrne, said: "As a result of financial cuts from central government Sefton Council has been forced to dramatically reduce spending on the Youth Service. It has used limited funds to commission some support, but this has led to closure of several youth centres including Stafford Moreton in Maghull.

"A group of parish councillors, youth activists and youth worker volunteers have been meeting together regularly in Maghull Town Hall, over recent months,  to try and ensure that our young people in the Eastern Parishes continue to have access to a local youth club . 

"They have been reliably supported by Sefton CVS and are close to finding ways, by working together, to continue to have active youth clubs in all four parishes. 

"This may also enable a range of activities to be offered which can be shared by all our young people as well as retaining the individual nature of our local parish youth clubs."

Cllr Byrne said the only way to save the service from the Tory-Lib Dem cuts, is for local people to get involved.

Cllr Byrne said: "Those involved in trying to safeguard the Youth Service in Maghull have realised that this can only be successful if more local people come forward to volunteer to help.

"In an age of austerity and high youth unemployment it is essential that, as adults, we all try to do a little to help.

"It is a very enjoyable experience. Nickie Smith, who has been involved in volunteering in the Youth Coffee Bar in Maghull Town Hall for 20 years finds immense satisfaction and much laughter in her regular involvement.

"All youth centres need volunteers and we would like to encourage as many people as possible to become involved.

"Training and support will be given to anyone who is interested.

"In Maghull we especially need support to be able to continue to offer a youth club twice a week as funding will only be available from Sefton Council for one evening.

"The message is 'Maghull Youth needs you'."

To find out more information, contact Amanda at Maghull Town Hall on 0151 526 3705.


Maurice Byrne


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