A popular dance organisation from Burton has been forced to temporarily close its doors after a long struggle to find volunteers.
The Touch of Life dance company, a non-profit organisation run by Dean Carruthers, provided classes and workshops for people aged between five and 25.
The company, which began in 2004, taught dance to more than 100 young people over the years – with many moving on to become dance teachers and directors.
However, interest has dwindled due to a lack of volunteers and the dance company is unable to move forward.
Dean Carruthers, of Burton, who has won community awards for his dedication to Touch of Life, said the dance troop is "still hanging in there" as it awaits volunteers and further funding to give the organisation the push it needs.
The 53-year-old said: "Me being the main person to drive the dance company forward. It's hard to keep the volunteers motivated and keep the group moving in the direction it needs to go.
"We're still hanging in there at the moment but we aren't running the dance company at the moment because we have no volunteers. We're very different from other dance crews because many run as a business whereas we are a non-profit organisation and have been able offer opportunities for young people which other groups don't.
"Lots of the youngsters have behaviour issues and joining the group is a good way for them to socialise and reduce isolation - and keep them off the streets."
The last time the group were able to operate was back in June this year. Touch of Life, who previously held classes at The Caribbean Association, in Uxbridge Street, are desperately seeking a new venue.
Those interested volunteering can contact Dean at email@example.com