Young people contribute to youth services consultation

AS the consultation into the future of youth services enters its fifth week, Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Education, has been to Harlow, Colchester, Chelmsford and Basildon to hear the views of young people who currently access Essex youth services.

The consultation is to help the council decide what the future design of the youth services could look like at a time when there is reduced funding available.

Councillor Gooding said: “The views we receive are going to be very important in helping us to decide our priorities for the future. I have found this consultation with young people to be one of the best I have been involved with. They are not only clearly telling me their priorities and concerns but are coming up with some innovative ideas that will drive the outcome of this consultation. The way young people have responded bodes well for the county.”

The consultation is looking at all aspects of youth provision; this includes aspects such as youth centres, Duke of Edinburgh Award, National Citizenship Scheme.

Cllr Gooding continued: “I am aware that there are concerns about individual aspects of the youth service such as the Duke of Edinburgh scheme which is why I urge people to participate in the consultation and let me know what is important. No decisions have been made on future provision so now is the time to make sure your voice, and what is important to you, is recognised. All the views we receive will be carefully considered before any decisions are made about future funding.”

The consultation, plus all accompanying literature and documentation is available on: www.essexinsight.org.uk/consultations . To submit further comments complete the questionnaire or email: youthservice.consultation@essex.gov.uk

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