In light of consultation responses received, the original proposal was revised. It retains 53.5 FTE staff, an increase of over 20 to the original proposal. Staff will work both in a targeted role with the most vulnerable and running open-access sessions from 8 youth hubs. These are:
The service will also be tasked with helping to further develop Local Youth Work Networks with ongoing funding of £100,000.
Outreach and mobile services will continue along with the Youth Participation and REACH teams and support will continue for the Duke of Edinburgh programme, Young Farmers, peer education and the Chances Educational Support Service.
£100,000 will also be available for advice and infrastructure support, with a further £200,000 for one-off community start up and seed funding grants to help communities develop local provision for young people.
A separate options appraisal exercise will be undertaken later in the year to consider possible alternative delivery models for the retained service, to be reported back to Cabinet later in the year.
The solution offers the best opportunity to both target DCCs limited resources on the most vulnerable, while harnessing the capacity and expertise of a professional youth service to help build local networks and support the development of local community based provision.
We are keen to continue to invite communities to come forward to register an interest in the running of local assets or the provision of local services – please go to Working with Communities.
The cabinet report.