Positive changes to Hounslow Youth Service as providers announced

Following the review of Hounslow Youth Service, young people in Hounslow will soon be able to benefit from the expertise of two new providers

Published: Friday, 30th November 2018

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Following the review of Hounslow Youth Service, young people in Hounslow will soon be able to benefit from the expertise of two new providers who have been commissioned to deliver youth activities from 2 January 2019.

Following a successful tendering process to ensure that young people can continue to access a range of activities, the new provider contracts have been awarded to Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust and Participation People.

The new programme of youth services to support children and young people in Hounslow will begin on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council said:

“I am pleased that despite pressures on funding and the need to make some savings, we can continue to provide a range of youth services across Hounslow.

“As a council we are committed to maintaining a wide range of activities and facilities for young people to enjoy.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in the youth service review for their hard work and dedication. 

“Particular thanks must be given to the youth service staff who have remained committed throughout this process and continued to deliver a consistent level of service to the children and young people of Hounslow, despite the changing climate.”

Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust, will be delivering the following elements of the commissioned youth service:

  • support to young carers
  • holiday youth provision
  • detached youth work activity
  • universal youth service activity

Participation People, will deliver: support to the Youth Council and young people participation.

Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust is a well-established local organisation, who bring a wealth of local knowledge and innovative ideas with a youth work programme embedded across the borough. 

Lee Doyle, Chief Executive, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, said:  “We are looking forward to connecting young people across the borough with the aim of increasing opportunity and promoting community cohesion.”

Participation People have a proven track record in delivering successful youth council and youth engagement programmes in a range of London boroughs and further afield.

Tiffany Brown, Participation People, Programme Manager, said: “We delighted to be working with Hounslow and young people in the borough to listen to and act on their views! Involving young people in decision making is now even more important. Not only are young people the leaders of our tomorrow, but they have the solutions for our today.”

The council will continue to ensure there are ongoing opportunities to support vulnerable groups of young people including support from Hounslow Youth Counselling service, which will continue to provide services to young people.

The transition of the youth service in Hounslow, will ensure there are ongoing opportunities to engage and work with young people so that they can continue to access a range of activities.

To find out more about Hounslow Youth Service, visit www.younghounslow.info

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