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Still time to get involved

Council reminds young people there is still time to get involved

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. 

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This page was last reviewed 5 March 2012 at 16:03.
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