Sheffield children’s centre closed due to budget cuts

A unique Sheffield children’s centre closed last Friday due cuts in the UK’s National Education budget.

Cellar Space, Verdon Street, was the only purely one-to-one therapeutic centre in the city and worked one-to-one with young people who struggled in education.

Specialist and mainstream schools around Sheffield paid to send children to the centre but the increasing budget cuts meant less schools could afford to send children to the expensive provision and it had struggled for several years before finally being forced to close.

Brad Mcanearney, a learning mentor from Cellar Space, said: “We’ve been working towards a positive ending with the young people we supported before we officially close and have to find new jobs.”

Most of the young people that attend Cellar Space have developmental issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, attachment issues or a generic learning difficulty or disability. As well as this, many of them are in care or have difficult home lives.

The Furnival, the umbrella charity that ran the Cellar Space will continue to run community projects such as English classes, as well as a cafe for dementia sufferers.