Partner councils to meet to discuss potential for a Youth Service

Following up on an issue raised at a scheduled Parish and Town Council Liaison meeting in February the District Council has invited the town and parish councils to a further meeting on Monday 14 May, to explore how the councils can collectively support and develop capacity for a Youth Service.

To fund significant youth services in the local community would be an unacceptable financial strain for one organisation. The purpose of the meeting is to explore whether contributions from partner councils and county councillors could be used to deliver a new progressive support and development service for young people, managed by a steering group.

Councillor Paul Hiett, Cabinet Member for Communities & Parish and Town Councils and Community Safety said: “The District Council is aware of the gap in our communities where services for young people should sit.  We see a lack of support for young people and their families.  For one organisation to tackle this alone would be a mammoth task, but by pulling together a consortium of funding we believe that together we can start to address the issue.”

Councillor Tim Gwilliam, Leader of the Forest of Dean District Council added: “We want to do more and we are keen to work with partners to utilise resources and make a difference to the lives of the young people in the local community.”

The Youth Service meeting will take place on Monday 14 May 2018 in the Council Chamber at the District Council offices in Coleford from 6pm.


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