Petition protests against youth service cuts

Petition protests against youth service cuts

Petition protests against youth service cuts

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A PETITION protesting against proposed cuts to youth services was signed by 70 people in two hours on Saturday.

Wiltshire Council agreed last week to scale back its plan to cut funding for these services from £500,000 to £250,000.

But it is not yet known how south Wiltshire will be affected by the remaining cuts as a 10-week consultation process continues.

The aim of the petition, organised by Salisbury Labour Party, was to send a message to county hall that if there have to be cuts the people of south Wiltshire want to be treated fairly.

The John McNeil Opportunity Centre, which provides for children with special needs, is facing a £10,000 cut; 24 youth centres across the county are threatened; and the Bridging Project, which gives disabled young people a chance to socialise with other teenagers, is also facing an uncertain future.

The battle to save Hillcote, Salisbury's only respite home for severely disabled children, has already been lost despite a campaign by parents to save it.

The council's budget is being squeezed by an ongoing reduction in central government funding and increased demand, but leader Jane Scott says it will continue to do whatever it can to lessen the impact on vital frontline services and protect the most vulnerable.

Many people on Saturday stopped to talk about the cuts, take leaflets and sign the petition, which also called on Scope to think again about closing the residential area of the Douglas Arter Centre - home to nine severely disabled people aged 30 to 70.

Salisbury Labour Party parliamentary candidate and city councillor Tom Corbin, said: “We are very happy to support the Journal's campaign to Save Our Services.

“We are encouraged by the strong support shown for the campaign. There is a large cross section of the community who came to sign the petition and find out more about the proposed cuts that are being made to our services.

“This was a really successful day - there are a great many people who want to voice their opposition to these government-led cuts.”

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3:51am Tue 4 Mar 14

karlmarx says...

This is what we risk losing, vital services which young people can engage with, get involved with and inspire them.

Last updated: 4 September 2013

Young people's organised activities, Wiltshire Council

About this service

The Youth Development Service offers young people aged 13 to 19 a wide range of social and educational activities and experiences.

Whether it's activities based at one of our 23 youth centres throughout the county, working on projects in the community or residential and outdoor activities, our aim is to enrich the lives of young people in Wiltshire - getting them included, involved, interested and inspired.

To improve the opportunities and quality of life of everyone who lives and works in the County, and to help make Wiltshire a 'County fit for our Children', the Youth Development Service designs and delivers, with young people, programmes of informal educational activity that provide opportunities for them to:
•develop their physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, social and emotional capabilities;
•identify and accept their responsibilities as individuals, group members and citizens;
•understand and act upon the personal and social issues which affect their lives and those of others and the communities of which they are a part.

Activities

The service’s activities provide informal learning through high quality youth work designed to achieve the standards and targets identified within Transforming Youth Work: Resourcing Excellent Youth Services.

Its activities are:
•To use a range of youth work methods and settings, to be accessible to all young people aged 13-19 years and target those who are at risk of exclusion by social or economic factors, having ‘contact’ annually with at least 25% of the 13-19 year olds;
•To engage young people in learning which is relevant to their developmental needs through a diverse and challenging youth work curriculum;
•To contribute to the work of Connexions and work in partnership with those agencies working with and for young people of the target age group, to increase provision and bring added value to services for young people;
•To promote and provide opportunities to celebrate and accredit young people’s learning and achievements;
•To deploy staff who are appropriately trained and qualified and for whom there is a continuous professional development programme of nationally recognised accreditation;
•To enable the engagement of young people in democratic processes, ensuring that young people have ‘voice and influence’ within the Service, Wiltshire Council, local communities and the broader communities of which they are a part;
•To advocate on behalf of young people and present positive images of young people;
•To respond effectively to the changing demands and needs of young people;
•To provide a clearly defined quality assurance process.

Facilities
•20 Youth Development Centres
•Two sports centres, at Pewsey and Amesbury, that incorporate youth development work.
•One Mobile Youth Work Unit-ROMP bus
•Six mini buses 8 M.P.V.s 1 Outdoor Education Centre.(Oxenwood)
•One freephone information and advice line
•One young people’s counselling service
•Eight Streetwork projects: one in each locality
•One Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme engaging 3,000 young people
•129 days of Summer Challenge activities Splash (programme involving 1,500 young people aged 13 - 19

Apologies for the cut and paste but, I feel it is important to know exactly what is at stake with yet more proposed cuts, our young peoples futures this time.
This is what we risk losing, vital services which young people can engage with, get involved with and inspire them. Last updated: 4 September 2013 Young people's organised activities, Wiltshire Council About this service The Youth Development Service offers young people aged 13 to 19 a wide range of social and educational activities and experiences. Whether it's activities based at one of our 23 youth centres throughout the county, working on projects in the community or residential and outdoor activities, our aim is to enrich the lives of young people in Wiltshire - getting them included, involved, interested and inspired. To improve the opportunities and quality of life of everyone who lives and works in the County, and to help make Wiltshire a 'County fit for our Children', the Youth Development Service designs and delivers, with young people, programmes of informal educational activity that provide opportunities for them to: •develop their physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, social and emotional capabilities; •identify and accept their responsibilities as individuals, group members and citizens; •understand and act upon the personal and social issues which affect their lives and those of others and the communities of which they are a part. Activities The service’s activities provide informal learning through high quality youth work designed to achieve the standards and targets identified within Transforming Youth Work: Resourcing Excellent Youth Services. Its activities are: •To use a range of youth work methods and settings, to be accessible to all young people aged 13-19 years and target those who are at risk of exclusion by social or economic factors, having ‘contact’ annually with at least 25% of the 13-19 year olds; •To engage young people in learning which is relevant to their developmental needs through a diverse and challenging youth work curriculum; •To contribute to the work of Connexions and work in partnership with those agencies working with and for young people of the target age group, to increase provision and bring added value to services for young people; •To promote and provide opportunities to celebrate and accredit young people’s learning and achievements; •To deploy staff who are appropriately trained and qualified and for whom there is a continuous professional development programme of nationally recognised accreditation; •To enable the engagement of young people in democratic processes, ensuring that young people have ‘voice and influence’ within the Service, Wiltshire Council, local communities and the broader communities of which they are a part; •To advocate on behalf of young people and present positive images of young people; •To respond effectively to the changing demands and needs of young people; •To provide a clearly defined quality assurance process. Facilities •20 Youth Development Centres •Two sports centres, at Pewsey and Amesbury, that incorporate youth development work. •One Mobile Youth Work Unit-ROMP bus •Six mini buses 8 M.P.V.s 1 Outdoor Education Centre.(Oxenwood) •One freephone information and advice line •One young people’s counselling service •Eight Streetwork projects: one in each locality •One Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme engaging 3,000 young people •129 days of Summer Challenge activities Splash (programme involving 1,500 young people aged 13 - 19 Apologies for the cut and paste but, I feel it is important to know exactly what is at stake with yet more proposed cuts, our young peoples futures this time. karlmarx
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