Big changes planned for youth services across county

YOUTH CLUBS and the mobile youth facility look set to be axed under plans drawn up by Derbyshire County Council.

The move is part of changes aimed at giving young people more opportunities to take part in youth activities when and where they want them.

But Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Barry Lewis said: “This is not about doing less for our young people.

“An average of 13 youngsters attend 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.”

He added: “Yes, we need to save money. But we also need to make better use of the money we do spend. It’s time we properly supported Derbyshire’s main providers of youth activities – our partners in voluntary and community groups.”

If agreed by the council’s Cabinet on December 13, it could mean voluntary and community groups playing a bigger part in delivering activities for 13-19 years olds.

But – before any changes get the go ahead – the council will consult local people, service users, staff and partner organisations to help shape the future of youth activities.

Under the plans the council would also continue to provide qualified youth workers to support vulnerable young people, set up a Youth Activities Grants scheme to support new projects, voluntary, community and independent groups and carry out a review of its youth centres to transfer or dispose of the buildings.

If agreed by the Cabinet for Youth Activities, a ten-week consultation will start on December 20.