Fusion Sunderland funds Lambton Street Youth Centre’s Friday Club
£6,300 donation will secure the Centre’s programme for young people with disabilities for the next year
Representatives from Fusion Contact Centre, part of the BGL Group, visited Lambton Street Youth Centre in Falkland Road, Sunderland, in November to present a cheque for £6,300 to centre manager Kevin Howard and the young people with disabilities who use the club.

The donation, awarded by Fusion Contact Centre’s MiCommunity Team, will secure the future of Lambton Street’s popular Friday night youth club for disabled 11-19 year olds for the whole of the next year. It will fund three youth workers to run the weekly session, now dubbed Fusion Friday, from 5.30 to 8pm each week.

Some 25 young people use the service every week, enjoying a range of activities from dance, snooker and table tennis to karaoke, cooking and life skills.

Volunteers from Fusion also stepped in recently to decorate the club’s recreation area, and will return next week to give a fresh coat of paint to two meeting rooms.

Along with donating funds and practical skills, Fusion staff Adele Cunningham and Emily Downes have also joined the board of directors of Lambton Street Youth Centre to offer continuing support.

“We see this as a partnership between the two organisations,” said Fusion MiCommunity Team chair David Clark.

“Lambton Street offers an incredibly valuable service to our local community and we’re delighted to help, not just financially but also in practical terms by lending a hand whenever we can.

“We can also guide other companies who’d like to offer their help to Lambton Street.”

Centre Manager Kevin Howard has worked at Lambton Street for the last 25 years and seen generations of young people benefit from the centre’s work. Speaking about Fusion’s support, he said: “I’m over the moon to receive this cheque from Fusion Contact Centre. This service is so important to the young people who come every week and provides much-needed respite for their carers, too. We’re immensely grateful to Fusion for stepping in to help.

“Over the next few months we are set to lose over £80,000 in funding from the City of Sunderland and Children in Need, and I’ve had to issue redundancy notices to longstanding staff. This donation from Fusion offers a lifeline and will secure the immediate future of one of our most valued services.”

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