Last week’s excellent Echo provided a tapestry of what has happened to our area because of cuts.
As shown in the photo with this article, I was at the Sorrel Youth Café on Wednesday. As you reported last week, it is looking like it may well close.
Your paper also carried a police story last week. The recruitment reported will fail to make up for the 550 officers removed in Leicestershire since 2010. We can, therefore, ill-afford to lose youth facilities like the Sorrel Youth Café that address the causes of crime.
As well as serving the youth of Mountsorrel, the café houses fridges and freezers to store food from foodbanks for people in food poverty. Last week you reported figures from the respected Trussell Trust showing foodbank use going up over 20% in one year. As was stated in that article much of this is down to the recent introduction of Universal Credit.
The café hosts various other activities that are particularly important at this time: a special educational needs craft group (at a time when special needs support is increasingly hard to come by), the Sorrel Tots group (in a place that had its Sure Start centre recently shut), and the young carers’ group (when pressure on public services has increased the burden on them).
Anyone who has been to the café knows what a genuine community asset it is. I hope the community and councils can work together to keep it going. I also hope we can stop the decay being caused by the cuts since 2010.
Stuart Brady, Labour’s Candidate to be the next MP for the Loughborough Constituency