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Council Spending Plans Show Commitment to Town's Youth

BSTC - 10th December 2008

Bradley Stoke Town Council, last week voted to commit record levels of funding to youth work next year as part of a wider shake up of youth services in the Town.

At a meeting of the Full Council to discuss the draft budget for 2009/10, Councillors voted to commit £60,000 to youth work for the year from next April with the main focus being on provision of a new youth club in the council’s premises at Brook Way in central Bradley Stoke.

Cllr Brian Hopkinson, who has been working on the changes for the last year said “This is terrific news for the young people in our town who have been turning their backs on the current youth offering. The new youth centre will be a place where they actually want to hang out”.

The council hope that by working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council and voluntary sector partners further funds can be accessed which will help provide a joined up solution to youth work which will develop over the next two years and lead to a new youth hub in Bradley Stoke as part of the South Gloucestershire Draft Youth Strategy which is currently undergoing consultation.

Cllr John Ashe comments: “For the first time there is a vision for the future and youth work of all types will be coordinated across the town with provision tailored to meet the needs of more young people than ever before. It is hoped that Bradley Stoke will in future be seen as model of modern youth provision that other councils might seek to copy”.

Further details of the new youth centre will be announced in the new year, but in the meantime the existing youth work in the town has also been boosted by the introduction of two night’s mobile youth work provision utilising South Gloucestershire Councils “URBI” which is being funded by the Town Council to engage with young people until the new centre comes online.

Cllr Hopkinson adds “The URBI is essentially a youth club on wheels. By providing this service now the team will be able to engage with young people who in turn will be able to shape the new youth centre”

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