By Leah Conway –
There could be up to £1 million investment for facilities for young people in Kirklees. The cabinet is set to approve the funding for the scheme called ‘Youth Places To Go’. The decision will be made by the Cabinet members on 16 November.
The funding would improve safe places, learning opportunities and fun activities for all youth in Kirklees.
The money would also be available for local organisations to apply for grants to deliver beneficial youth services on the council’s behalf.
“Inclusive places for all”
Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said: “Youth services around the country have been stripped back in recent years, but here in Kirklees we are investing heavily in our young people.
“Our goal is to give them a huge array of opportunities and lots of places to meet friends in a safe environment which supports their physical and mental health.
“We will make sure there are inclusive places for all, offering social and learning activities to inspire young minds.
“Youth Places To Go will be developed based on the views of children and young people themselves, as well as parents, families, the voluntary sector and our other key partners.
“We already have a network of providers doing very good work, but this is a brilliant chance to strengthen those links and build on the current offer alongside our highly valued community groups.
“We will be increasing what’s available in local areas, supporting local organisations – many of whom struggle for funding – and focusing on the things that make the biggest difference to our young people.
“This is an exciting development and will vastly improve youth facilities across Kirklees. It’s about helping young people to have the best start in life, to aspire, achieve and find excellent support within their own communities.”
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Mobile Services and Youth Centre
The council is looking into mobile services to reach young people in more rural barriers as well as trying to remove the obstacles that might stop young people from marginalised groups, special educational needs and disabilities to get involved in the scheme.
Plans would also propose two new permanent youth centres if further investment is secured.