Friendship group facing cuts

ipswich: A club at the heart of Ipswich’s community is fighting for survival after being faced with the prospect of possible funding cuts.

The Y Club, a member led social group first established in 1993, works with adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities.

The group sessions aim to provide a place where people can meet and make friends.

The aim of the Y Club is to build social skills such as self esteem, confidence, independence and social awareness.

Based at the YMCA in Wellington Street, the club meets on Friday evenings between 7pm and 9pm and Friday mornings between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

However, group organiser Lucy Lea told the Evening Star that she fears the club will struggle under funding cuts.

“This year Suffolk County Council have given us a proportion of our funding however they have warned us that there is doubt over next years funds.

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“If that was to happen then the club would have to close down which would be terrible.

“I have been running the evening session for more than five years and it is just amazing to be involved with something that offers the community so much. More than anything the group is about friendship.”

Andrew Church, who regularly attends the club sessions said: “It’s really nice to come to Y Club and get out of the house, otherwise I would be at home all day on my own.”

Another member, Matthew Moss, said that he enjoyed Y Club because of the fun activities.

Membership costs �2 for a year and every week members are asked to pay �2.50 per session.

To find out more or to donate money contact Lucy Lea on 07850919109.

n If you would like to promote your club, e-mail Hollie-rae.merrick@eveningstar.co.uk or call on 01473 324738.