POP Club appeal in survival fight

POP Club, which runs at Pocklington Community Junior School, is looking for support to protect it from closure.
POP Club, which runs at Pocklington Community Junior School, is looking for support to protect it from closure.

A key childcare service in the Pocklington area is appealing for support from the community as it faces closure.

The POP Club, which is based at Pocklington Community Junior School, is struggling financially and it is asking people to help save this vital service.

The not-for-profit group runs the breakfast club and after school club which provide childcare for parents.

Unfortunately, due to rising rent and a drop in the number of pupils using the facility the club, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, is at the risk of closure and could go by the end of July.

The group has have spoken to the Wolds Learning Partnership and asked it to consider lowering the rent, but the WLP said that it is already at a concessionary rate. Organisers are now appealing to businesses and individuals in the Pocklington who may be willing to donate funds and keep the club open.

They are also hoping parents will back the cause by sending their children to the club and paying fees on time.

They have already won the support of a keystone organisation in the town – Love Pocklington.

Simon Hudson at Love Pocklington said he would do everything he could to raise funds and keep the service running.

POP Club has also started a JustGiving campaign to bring in funding.

POP Club’s Rachel Vasey said: “If we can’t raise the money we need then we will have to close by the end of July.

“We all rely on POP Club so as a committee we are doing everything we can to ensure this doesn’t happen

“Over the last few months there have been a lot of staff changes, but the small parent committee has worked tirelessly with the new staff to push POP Club forward, increasing the number of children slowly and this month achieving a ‘Good’ grade from Ofsted after the inspection.

“We really feel that POP Club is going in the right direction (it has been running since 1994 providing the local community with high quality and affordable childcare) and we all want to continue to help the club thrive.”

Simon Hudson at Love Pocklington said: “I’m really sad about the situation, both as a parent who uses Pop Club for after-school childcare and as someone who runs a local not-for-profit organisation with the challenges it faces.

“That’s why we at Love Pocklington will be doing all we can to help raise funds to keep this local service for young people going.”

Headteacher at the school, Alex Reppold, said: “We believe it is important that our pupils have the opportunity to attend a breakfast and after school club at our school.

“I am disappointed the POP Club feel unable to continue their provision as I value their commitment to our school.

“As a school we are committed to ensuring our pupils receive the very best care throughout the school day.

“I will work with our parents, my governing body and the trust to ensure our parents can continue to access a high quality service, even if that service is provided by the school itself.”

Visit visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/samantha-harkins-2 to donate to the POP Club cause.