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Changes likely in town youth service delivery

 
Created on 29/06/2017 @ 15:34
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The way youth services are delivered in Newtown is to be raised with young people and youth organisations to see what they want as part of plans that will lead to savings of £220,000.

Powys County Council is continuing with its cost savings measures and all departments are having to make savings.It says it wants to deliver youth services throughout Powys that young people want and so it wants to talk to them and organisations involved in their lives.

It says two options are on the table, including the delivery of services through the youth centre and high school, or through third-party commissioned organisations. Cabinet Member for Youth Services, Councillor Rachel Powell said: “I am very keen to meet frontline staff and public users to ascertain what is working well and what, if any, changes can be implemented to enhance the current service provision for Young People.

“Whilst financial considerations have to be taken into account, this service should not be solely budget driven, it has to reflect the needs of Young People.

“Being imaginative and responsive to community provision, the service has been remodelled in view to the sharing of premises with community partnerships. Reducing costs associated with buildings and maintenance assists in keeping the budget within control but ensuring that a service remains for young people, although this service may be presented as a different format.”

The proposed changes have two options which could see the service continue to be delivered by the council using the five existing centres and a youth worker in every high school or alternatively have the service commissioned out and all activities managed by charities, clubs or private organisations. 

A commissioned model would see the service operate across the county not just the five centres using a national youth service curriculum, youth workers would be retained in high schools but may not be employed by the county council. “Whichever option is supported, the number of buildings the service owns is likely to change,” said Councillor Powell.

“The service cannot justify owning and maintaining costly buildings throughout the year when they are only used for a few hours a week. “Young people’s feedback is essential to ensure the service is delivering to the needs that it is meant to support. I am hopeful that there will be constructive feedback and even recommendations for future practice,” she added. The survey runs from Monday until August 13 and can be accessed at www.powys.gov.uk/haveyoursay

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