Exciting opportunity for Surrey’s Youth Centres
Published: 27 January 2020
Proposals to open up youth centres for wider use
Currently many of Surrey's existing youth centres are only used a few hours a week. To make better use of these facilities Surrey County Council wants to enable the voluntary, community and faith sector to have increased access, so they can provide services for young people for free or minimal cost. In order to increase and improve the Universal Youth Services Offer, Surrey County Council will stop being the primary provider of this service but instead work alongside voluntary, community and faith sector partners to make improvements in each location.
The youth centres themselves are a valued community asset and can play a larger role in achieving the Community Vision for 2030 that includes community participation as one of its key priorities. Councillor Mary Lewis, lead cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: "We know our existing youth centres are not being used fully. It's about making use of our assets and the experts in the community, voluntary and faith sector to bring these buildings alive again. "
The council is now consulting on these proposals to ensure that the youth centres are being used consistently to their full potential.
Have Your Say
The consultation, which runs until 30 April 2020 asks if the council should continue to deliver universal open access youth work and how it could enable the voluntary, community and faith sector to use the youth centres at little or no cost. The full proposals are also available on the The Universal Youth Work Consultation page where you can have your say.
Come along to an engagement event
The potential opportunities are unique to each youth centre, so there will be a series of public engagement events to explore the opportunities in each centre. There is no need to book a place in advance as they will be drop-in events with opportunities to ask questions, share ideas and provide feedback. Details on dates and venues can be found on The Universal Youth Work Consultation page.
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