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Uttoxeter at risk of losing the Inside Outers if it does not get more volunteers

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 24, 2014

Tina Hughes and Ben Shaw celebrating the opening of Insiders Outers

Tina Hughes and Ben Shaw celebrating the opening of Insiders Outers

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A UTTOXETER charity supporting vulnerable youngsters is at risk of closing its doors for good if more volunteers do not come forward to help.

The Inside Outers Youth Group was established in the town three-and-a-half years ago but a desperate shortage of volunteers means the charity is struggling to stay in existance.

The youth group supports young people aged between 10 and 15 who are considered to be vulnerable to offer them a place where they can belong and meet new people.

These pupils can feel excluded from other youth groups due to issues such as bullying, physical disabilities, autism and emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.

The group is based at the Art and Soul building, in the Market Place, and members meet on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 8pm.

Group trustee and founder Tina Hughes told the Advertiser the group is valued within the Uttoxeter community and it would be a sad loss if they were forced to close it.

She said: “We desperately need volunteers to run and support the group on a Tuesday evening.

“The group is valued by parents and members alike.

“There is nothing else in Uttoxeter or the surrounding areas like the Inside Outers. It would be a real blow if we had to close.”

Members of the group get together once a week in a place where they are able to enjoy lots of different activities.

They are able to play Playstation games, cards, enjoy art activities or just chill out and have a chat.

Members also enjoy evenings out such as to go bowling, the cinema and pizza and movie nights.

More information on volunteering with the Inside Outers is available by calling Ms Hughes on 07790 415760.

The Inside Outers was formed in 2010 by special needs teaching assistants Ms Hughes and Sharon Lacey with funding help from the National Lottery, Awards for All scheme, MJ Barrett and Alton Towers.

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