Council reminds young people there is still time to get
Worcestershire County Council is reminding
young people how to get involved with commissioning positive
activities in their local area.
The council has a legal duty to secure,
as far as is reasonably practicable, that qualifying young people
(that's young people aged 13 to 19, rising to 20 to 24 for
those with a learning disability) have access to positive
activities. It does not have to provide these activities directly.
The council will be continuing to invest over £1 million annually
in the commissioning of positive activities by a group in each area
made up of local county councillors and young people.
The council, supported by Worcestershire's
Youth Cabinet, is looking for ten young people from each district
to become volunteer advisors and advise county councillors on how
the money should be spent. This will provide different solutions at
a local level based on local needs and will complement what is
already provided locally by other providers.
Kirsty Fraser, Youth Voice Development
Worker, said: "This is a great opportunity for young
people to advise adults and influence the decisions being made
about what activities will be available to them in their area."
The funding of positive activities for
young people has been reviewed as part of the council's £60-70
million BOLD savings programme and extensive consultation has taken
place. Proposals on how positive activities could be delivered in
future were consulted on with over 2000 individuals last summer,
including more than 1400 young people.
Investment is also being made in voluntary and
community sector development to sustain positive activities for
young people in a safe and appropriate manner. Whilst some larger,
high expense buildings will close, the council is also working to
ensure that buildings that transfer to schools or community groups
continue to be available for community use.
This page was last reviewed 5 March 2012 at 16:03.
The page is next due for review 1 September 2013.