Council to hold talks on youth service

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Derbyshire County Council (DCC) is to hold a 10-week consultation, starting today, (January 9), for local people, users, staff and partner organisations to give their views on proposed changes to the youth service.

The Council is proposing to work with voluntary and community organisations to fund them in delivering services for 13 to 19 year olds, rather than directly providing them.

Under the plans the council would:

l no longer provide front-line activities for teenagers including youth clubs and its mobile service

l continue to provide professionally qualified youth workers to support vulnerable young people

l set up a grants scheme to support new projects, voluntary, community and independent groups

l carry out a review of its youth centres to transfer or dispose of the buildings.

Councillor Barry Lewis, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Young People, said: “We want to make the most of the money we spend and offer support to the county’s main provider of youth activities – our partners in the voluntary sector and community groups.

“An average of 13 youngsters attends each of our youth service sessions. Almost none are open at the weekend, with limited access during the school holidays. They are also expensive to run and just 28 per cent of 13 -19 year olds use them regularly.

“By consulting on our proposals we hope to offer the best activities for our young people that meet their needs.”

To take part in the consultation visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/youthservice2012. To request a paper copy of the consultation questionnaire call Bish Sharif on 01629 535700. The consultation will end on March 18.