Youth services: Shirley meeting for volunteers, May 24

The council’s youth supports service is staging a public meeting in Shirley this Tuesday, May 24. In a message to all interested youth groups, parents and teenagers, they write:

Croydon is implementing a new approach to youth work and support services for young people across the borough. The Council has been planning for change as well as consulting on how to make best use of the funds available for youth services following reductions in grants to the council from central government.

The “Shaping Up” approach has been developed to create an integrated youth offer that will be more effective in meeting the needs of young people, their families and the community. For more information click here.

The new approach aims to provide a network of youth provision in each of the five Children’s Trust areas tailored to the needs of the young people and planned in partnership with voluntary sector partners and community organisations.

We want to work with organisations in the voluntary youth sector to make sure there are safe places for young people to go and things for them to do.

The council can then enhance this offer by providing access to other opportunities such as arts and performance activities, adventure programmes as well as working individually with young people and their families who may need additional personalised support.

The aim is to develop a varied offer to young people in each locality and promote this through a new web site www.croydonyps.org.uk and through local networks.

Our first steps in making this happen will be to set up a youth forum in each locality to capture the views of young people as well as creating an active network of key stakeholders who can influence commissioning decisions for the locality and plan the best way to use the resources and support available. Croydon Council’s Integrated Youth Support Service will be providing a commissioning budget of £40,000 for each locality and a staff team to support some of the services and activities.

We would therefore like to invite all Shirley-based youth club leaders or their representatives (including uniformed youth organisations) to a meeting on May 24 at 7.30pm at The Coffee Shop, 7 Broom Road Shirley to discuss the needs of the locality and to begin to build a partnership with the key stakeholders within the locality.

We hope that the new approach will enable us to work together to ensure best use of resources and a collaborative approach to services for young people.

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