Still time to have say on youth service

DERBYSHIRE County Council’s (DCC) ten-week consultation on proposed changes to the way youth activities are offered ends on Sunday, March 18.

So far almost 3,000 people have responded to the questionnaire, and a variety of consultation events have been held across Derbyshire.

At the next full council meeting on April 18 the proposed changes are planned to be debated.

Councillor Barry Lewis, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Young People said: “We’re listening to all views raised by this consultation and recognising the good work currently being done with young people by our youth service and the voluntary sector.

“We will carefully examine all the views and a report will be put together for consideration by our Cabinet in May.”

To take part in the consultation visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/youthservice2012.

Under the proposals the authority would: close youth clubs and the mobile service; set up a Youth Activities Grants scheme to support new projects, voluntary, community and independent groups; review youth centres to transfer or dispose of the buildings and continue to provide professionally qualified youth workers to support vulnerable young people and families facing difficulties.

Opposition to the changes have been voiced by various groups and organisations

To date, a petition objecting to the plans, to axe 29 youth centres and put at risk 157 jobs, has 1804 signatures on the council’s website while the paper version has over 8,000 signatures.