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Kenilworth Centre forced to axe staff member following cuts

Leamington Editorial 19th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CUTS to funding have forced Kenilworth’s youth centre to lose a dedicated member of team.

The role of Community Development Manager at the Kenilworth Centre has been axed.

Andy Norman held the post for 11 years – from 2005 when the centre was run by Warwickshire County Council and through its transition to a charity in 2012.

But the charity took a hit in December when it was announced Kenilworth Town Council would no longer provide £30,000 a year in funding for the Abbey End car park based centre.

Chair of Trustees, John Whitehouse, said: “The trustees are desperately sorry to be taking this step, but we had no choice. Losing over 30 per cent of our income at a stroke meant we had to take drastic action to ensure the charity can survive and prosper in the longer term.

“The trustees are confident that a sustainable future is achievable for the Kenilworth Centre, but cutting our costs is an essential first step.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the tremendous work Andy Norman has done for the town and particularly its young people over the years. We shall all miss him.”

Mr Whitehouse will take on the role unpaid for up to six months while the charity re-organises.