Youth service shake-up plans

By David Newble

Friday, December 13, 2013



UP to £200,000 could be slashed from the Isle of Wight Council’s youth service budget and jobs may be axed as part of the 'root and branch’ review of services.

Parish and town councils, as well as local community groups, could take over the running of youth services, according to a report due to go before the Isle of Wight Council’s cabinet on Tuesday.

Staff, communities and young people are set to be consulted on the plans which will be finalised next year.

At the moment, the authority provides a youth and community service aimed at 13 to 19-year-olds or those aged up to 24 who have 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.

The authority also runs a targeted youth support team that works with young people on a referral basis and offers a wide range of preventative services, including family mediation and training workshops for ten to 18-year-olds.

The two services currently cost the authority cost just over £1m to run each year.

Under new proposals, open access to youth services would be run by local parish and town councils and communities. The Isle of Wight Council would cease to offer universal services but would offer cash to each area to run them, paid for by not employing youth workers directly.

The council would however retain a reduced team to help with the commissioning of the services.

Some staff currently employed by the authority’s youth service could be re-employed by parish and town councils.

In a separate move, the cabinet is also due to discuss plans to overhaul the authority’s planning department.

As previously reported, the authority is aiming to review the Island Plan Core Strategy due to concerns about the high level of planned housing growth across the Isle of Wight.

*The initial proposals for the Youth Service were endorsed by the cabinet at it's meeting on Tuesday, December 10. A more detailed report will be presented to the cabinet in the spring.



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by Stefan Attrill

16th December 2013, at 16:55:00

Didn't the Isle of Wight Youth Service go through a shake-up a few months ago where each employee had to reapply for their job? How much did that shake-up cost the Tax Payer? What did it do to the morale of those working in the Youth Service?

When you are told that your job role may be redundant and that you have to reapply for one of the new jobs the impact on the individual is stressful to say the least. To expect the individual to still perform whilst someone at the 'top' decides whether you are 'capable' of doing the job is so demoting. I know, I have been in that position myself.

So given that there was a 'shake-up' a few months ago, what benefit is there to go through all of this again? Restructuring, tendering and hours of Human Resource involvement can be extortionate. To go through this again a few months later is not only a waste of money, but what does it say about the Employers value to the Employee?

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by David Blackford

15th December 2013, at 13:08:22

Do any vicars read these columns? - I'm still listening to hear what goes on in their church halls these days

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by Mike Crowe

15th December 2013, at 12:44:02

Stephen, What ARE "support workers"? and "etc"?

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by Stephen Elliott

14th December 2013, at 19:09:18

David if you need to ask that then *shakes head...long sigh...walks out of the door* tut tut tut

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by David Blackford

14th December 2013, at 14:06:11

Yes, yes, yes, Stephen - we heard you the first time.
What are "support workers"? and "etc"?

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by Stephen Elliott

14th December 2013, at 12:43:11

Youth services involve support workers etc not simply a youth club mike!

Oh n Mike...Children are the future.

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by David Blackford

14th December 2013, at 09:43:32

No vicars seem to be answering my posting.

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by Mike Crowe

13th December 2013, at 18:32:59

Lee. A couple of years ago or so, I was at a big conference in Belgium and was sitting next to a German General. Well he had been a General during WWII but then joined the Navy and after the war became an Admiral. He was telling me that before the war he had been a 'Hitler Youth' and thoroughly enjoyed it. The 'inspiration', the 'team spirit', the 'camaraderie' stayed with him for a long time.

The youth of today and here on the Island have a lot provided for them, they need to be motivated and I am afraid, linking it to another thread, the teachers do no good at all in general, possibly because they lack the experience of 'outside life', they are 'institutionalized' in the 'teaching world'.

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by Mike Crowe

13th December 2013, at 18:21:59

Stephen are you saying, in a most sarcastic way, that we should pamper to the youth more?

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by Stephen Elliott

13th December 2013, at 17:55:53

Here's an idea...let's cut all services to the tax payers and voters yet keep the rates the same.

Next we'll get them to have no job security!

Then we will have compliant workers for little pay.

Meanwhile the rich become overlords who act as they please.

Welcome back...slaves

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