Young people urged to have their say on youth service

By Ross Findon

Friday, January 24, 2014

 

YOUNG people have been urged to have their say on youth services thanks to the launch of an Isle of Wight Council consultation.

In December a report to the Isle of Wight Council cabinet, following part of the root and branch review launched by the Independents, said up to £200,000 could be slashed from the youth service budget.

That report proposed parish and town councils and community groups could take over running youth services.

At the moment, the Isle of Wight Council provides youth and community services aimed at 13 to19 year olds or those aged up to 24, with a declared learning disability.

Services include youth clubs and homework clubs, as well as a one-to-one service for vulnerable young people in schools.

Under the proposals put forward in December, the Isle of Wight Council would offer money to other organisations to run services.

In a statement issued today (Friday) the council said it would explore match funding opportunities to help local organisations provide services, which may not be possible using existing council facilities or services.

It invited people to have their say via an online survey on its website.

Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for children’s services Richard Priest said: "These proposed changes are designed to help make services and activities fair for all young people.

"In developing the proposals we have considered the need to deliver modern and varied youth services that are that are accessible and inclusive.

"We also need to ensure young people get the right support, in the right place at the right time and know where to go for the right information and advice.

"I would encourage all users of youth services as well as local groups and organisations to take part in the survey so these can be considered ahead of final proposals being published."

Consultation events for town and parish councils, voluntary and community groups, parents and carers and young people are due to be held in January and February.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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