‘It would be devastating for Maryhill and this area if the youth club were to close’

By Ian Marland at

A long-establish youth club is under threat of closure, according to staff.

Shakespeare Street Youth Club in Maryhill – affectionately known as ‘The Shakey’ – has been refused funding under a new city council scheme.

It is one of around 120 organisations across Glasgow that have been caught out by a new application process.

A public meeting has been called for Friday evening to garner local support.

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On ‘Shakey’ ground: future uncertain for popular youth club. Photo: Google

Meanwhile, a petition has been launched to raise awareness of the club’s plight, and a JustGiving page has been set up to raise £3,000 needed to keep the club afloat.

Organistions have been given more time to submit their papers.

But there is no certainty that Shakespeare Street Youth Club or any of the other applicants will be successful.

Club manager Julie McMillan said: “It would be devastating for this area if the youth club were to close.

“We are in one of the highest indexes of deprivation in Glasgow.

“Our area suffers from alcohol problems, drug problems, unemployment, food poverty – all the things we target.

“And our children would not be able to have the same quality life if they were not able to access the events or amenities at our club.”

“Our area suffers from alcohol problems, drug problems, unemployment, food poverty – all the things we target.

“And our children would not be able to have the same quality life if they were not able to access the events or amenities at our club”

Julie McMillan

She said: “We are a very busy club. Some nights we have up to 35 to 40 kids coming through the door – we can’t let this place close.

“We just don’t know what is going to happen which is why there is such concern.”

A new ‘community fund’ has been under discussion for a couple of years.

This April will be the first time it comes into effect.

The new process puts focus on ensuring organisations are sustainably run and well governed.

It stipulates that minutes of meetings are provided to click for funding – but the club and others missed this step of the process.

A change.org page has been posted by Nicola McHendry, a manager at the Maryhill Burgh Halls venue.

Nicola’s petition says: “The Shakey has been providing vital services to the community for almost 100 years and is now threatened with closure.

“The club has been refused a grant from Glasgow City Council.

“Formally recipients of IGF funding (now renamed the CES grant). The staff have been served redundancy papers.

“It is criminal to close a club that has been at the heart of the community for 97yrs.

Kids

The club has been serving the local community for nearly 100 years.

“Serving the community from young to elderly, thousands of people have passed through its doors and received help, support, love and guidance.

“Let’s show everyone what the Shakey means and that we won’t let this Maryhill institution disappear.”

Glasgow City Council said a deadline for applications had been extended to the end of January.

More support was being offered to groups and organisations to help meet the funding criteria.

A council spokesman said: “The group could not be assessed for the fund because it did not submit all the required information with its application.

“The council is allowing additional time for organisations to complete their applications and has begun contacting them with advice.”

* Anyone interested in supporting the club can visit the JustGiving page here.