Have your say on the future of Youth Services in Gwynedd
Gwynedd Council is urging young people, and anybody else who’s interested in the county’s Youth Services, to take part in a public consultation regarding plans for its future.
The Youth Service is seeking opinions of on how it plans to develop different ways of providing young people with services within the county, focusing on what the young people themselves say are important to them.
In the future, the service for youngsters aged 11-19 could focus on fun and interesting activities that will help them develop interests and learn new things. The service for people aged 16-25 could focus on helping self-development, training, preparing for work and building a career. The Youth Service will look at different ways of supporting and working with local and national organisations.
These ideas have been brought to the table following the first phase of the detailed consultation process on the future of the service, which was held during winter 2016-17. Almost 800 people from across the county voiced their opinion on what the needs and the priorities of young people were as well as the Youth Service.
Councillor Craig ab Iago, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Youth Service, said: “There are three main things that have driven this work – the changing expectations amongst younger people; less money available to the Council; and changes to Government policy in terms of what provisions are needed by young people.
“I accept that any form of change is difficult, but we cannot continue to do the same thing year in year out if the service does not meet the needs of young people.
“Like many other public services, the Council faces a difficult financial situation. We presently support 39 traditional youth clubs in communities across the county, as well as providing annual grants to the Urdd, Eryri YFC, Meirionnydd YFC, Guides and Scouts at a cost of £995,300 a year. But because of significant cuts to public services by the Westminster Government over recent years, we will have £270,000 less to spend in these specific areas.
“This is why change is inevitable and we would encourage everybody who has an interest in this area – young people, their families, people who deal with youth organisations and others – to have their say in the consultation.”
The consultation will be open from the 13 November to the 22 December 2017. People can have their say by filling in the on-line questionnaire on the Council’s website: www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/youthservice or paper copies are available from each Siop Gwynedd and all County Libraries.
More information available here: https://www.powtoon.com/c/dVbOpCCwu4d/1/m