One week left to give us your views on youth services

There is just a week to go to have your say on the future of youth services in the borough.

Published: Monday, 27th February 2017

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There is just a week to go to have your say on the future of youth services in the borough.
 
Hounslow Council is reviewing services for young people and wants to hear from residents so it can look to protect those most vulnerable. 
 
Residents can take part in the consultation and let the Council know what they think. The consultation runs until Monday 6 March 2017.
 
The amount of funding the Council receives from central government is being reduced year on year.
 
This results in a number of difficult decisions and one of these is to reduce the budget for youth services by £650k. The remaining £212k will be put in place to contribute to:

  • Providing a service for those with mental wellbeing and emotional needs.
  • Providing a service for those at risk of anti-social behaviour and substance misuse.
  • Providing a service for the borough’s young carers

The Council is not the only provider of youth services in the borough and the majority of services for the wider youth community, are provided by voluntary services.

This leaves the Council free to concentrate on the most vulnerable.
Residents from across the borough’s communities, including young people and carers themselves, are being asked to share their views on proposed changes.

They can give feedback to the Council by attending consultation events, completing the online questionnaire and submitting comments in writing and via email.

Councillor Richard Foote, Cabinet Member for Communities, Hounslow Council said: “It’s important we ensure that those most in need receive our support and also a service that meets their needs.

“It ranges from providing a range of activities for young people in the borough to services where they can seek advice that will help them on to a good path in life.

“If you haven’t already, please go online and let us know what you think. The views of our residents, especially those who this affects the most, our young people, are of the upmost importance to us and their feedback will help us shape the future of youth services in the borough.”

To have your say, visit the Youth Service consultation page