Your chance to help save after-school club for girls

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AN APPEAL has been launched for public backing to secure funding — and the future — for an after-school club for girls in Bulwell.

The venture, which is for youngsters aged nine to 13, is run by the successful Bulwell Community Toy Library, of Squires Avenue.

Its survival is in doubt because of a lack of cash.

Now the project is in the running for a handout from NatWest bank’s CommunityForce initiative

But it needs local supporters to pick up the phone or go online to vote and give it a chance of winning one of three regional £6,000 grants.

Steve Parkinson, project manager at the toy library, said: “Our girls’ club has been running for more than three years and we want to keep it going.

“As well as introducing girls to loads of different activities, it gives them a chance to spend time with their friends and talk about things that matter to them in a safe place with supportive staff around.

“It would be really sad if it had to close, so please take a few minutes to vote for us. It could make a big difference to the lives of girls in Bulwell.”

The girls’ club offers activities such as arts, crafts and games.

One 11-year-old girl who uses the club said: “At the club, I get space away from people who are annoying and I get to make things that are useful and crafty. My friends go and it relaxes me.”

To vote for the after-school club, visit http://www.communityforce.natwest.com or call 0800 0155545. Voting lines are open now and close on Sunday October 23.