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Much-Loved After School Activities Back

Monday July 1 2013


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WORSBROUGH's much-loved after school activities for children have been revived, following their closure due to council cutbacks.

The out of hours sessions in Worsbrough Library ended in April and two staff were made redundant after the council axed the service to encourage "a more diverse range of community groups" to the library.

The after school sessions were attended by more than 20 children, aged eight to 16.

Now, after much red tape and meetings, Worsbrough councillors have taken over and paid £9,000 from their ward budget of £20,000 to restart them. The two staff will also stay, having become self-employed. One, Alison Andrews, had worked at Worsbrough Library for 11 years.

She said: "I like working with the children and in the library and the out of hours activities are a good service for the library to have.

"It's important for the kids to have somewhere to go with people they know. They couldn't wait to come back."

Children regularly attend the Worsbrough sessions from schools as far afield as Ardsley and Penistone. Activities include homework, computer skills, crafts and reading and writing.

The service runs from 3.30pm to 5.30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and on Saturday mornings.

Children will now pay 50p to attend a session which will help towards costs. The charge includes a drink and a biscuit.

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