A UTTOXETER charity at risk of closing its doors for good due to a lack of volunteers has been saved by another town organisation.
Uttoxeter Inside Outers was established three-and-a-half years ago but a desperate struggle for volunteers left organisers fearing the future.
However, the Uttoxeter Youth drop-in Centre has now stepped in to save the charity to relief of its members who are often considered to be vulnerable.
These pupils can feel excluded from other youth groups due to issues such as bullying, physical disabilities, autism and emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.
Group trustee and founder Tina Hughes said: “I’m so pleased that the Uttoxeter Drop-in will be taking the Inside Outers over.
“The group was at risk of closing due to lack of volunteers. The group is extremely important to the children who attend.
“The experience of everyone who volunteers at the drop-in will be invaluable for The Inside Outers and all of its members.”
The Inside Outers is based at the Art and Soul building, in the Market Place, and members meet on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 8pm.
Mary Dodgson, who heads to Uttoxeter Youth Drop-in Centre, said the two organisations will still be kept separate but will be run by the same volunteers.
This will include a separate fund-raising and management committee.
The volunteers will run the Inside Outers on Tuesday evenings and the drop-in centre on Thursdays.
Mrs Dodgson has now met with the young people, aged between 10 and 15, and will start going about establishing the policies and sorting out the insurance.
She said: “I am very excited about taking it over. My volunteers had already thought about offering their time so when we attended a meeting it was obvious they wanted us to take it over.
“I have met with the young people and I am happy to do it.
“There will be difficulties in getting two lots of money and two lots of volunteers.
“I would be thankful for any donations to either of the groups.”
Mrs Dodgson is no stranger to working with young people as she started back in 1978.
She also has 14 years experience working with children who have special needs.
Anyone who would like to volunteer their time or wanting more information on either Inside Outers or the drop-in centre is asked to phone Mrs Dodgson on 07512 788526.