An Aberdeen youth club which caters for more than 280 children is facing closure unless “much-needed” funding is raised.
Inchgarth Community Centre in Garthdee is calling on residents to help save its Friday night social group.
Centre manager Paul O’Connor said unless £5,000 can be found before December, it would be forced to close.
It’s not the first time the club – which has 289 registered users – has faced financial challenges.
Two years ago it had to close over funding and staffing problems.
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Paul said: “This would be such a devastating loss to our community’s children.
“The youth club is a massively positive influence in their lives and provides long-term benefits on multiple levels.
“There are so few youth clubs left in the city and we can’t risk losing this.
“I cannot see the same enthusiasm reviving the club again if the club has to close for a second time.”
Paul said it costs £18,000 a year to run the club, however costs could be cut down to £10,000.
He added: “This does mean all of the amazing extras – treats, entertainment and such like – will stop but at least the kids would have their club.
“If we don’t make the vital funds, the club will be forced to close.
“It’s such a fantastic opportunity, not just for the kids to socialise, but also for the volunteer opportunities we’re offering.
“We are just looking for businesses and the parents of the children who use the club to donate what they can,” he said.
“We’re also always looking for people to volunteer their time.”
The youth club offers the youngsters activities such as karaoke, a pool table and computer games.
In an effort to save the youth club, Paul has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise the first £5,000 needed.
To contribute, visit gofundme.com/save-the-inchgarth-youth-club or contact the centre on 01224 325191.