NEWBURY YOUTH WORK PROJECT LAUNCHED

The Newbury Youth Work project will deliver 12 hours a week of detached work across Newbury, aiming to reach 750 youths per annum. The Project aims to support young people on the streets of Newbury, focussing on young people between the ages of 13-19. The aim will be to protect and provide appropriate information and advice to vulnerable young people. The project will work in partnership with other agencies to enhance the life chances of young people and reduce the incidence of anti-social behaviour.

This will be achieved through varied activities including:

•    Partnership work with other agencies, including: Police, local schools and the local authority

•    Offering a range of information, advice and guidance to young people in the priority areas of Newbury as identified and agreed by staff and partners.

•    To enhance community cohesion, with particular concern to young people.

•    To ensure young people are able to contribute to decisions that affect them through participation and engagement in local decision making.

The Project is a partnership between Newbury Town Council and Berkshire Youth, with the Town council contributing £25,000 per annum for the next 3 years.

Mr. Dave Seward of Berkshire Youth welcomed the support of the Town Council saying, “We are delighted that Newbury Town Council has recognised the need to bring youth work to young people – where they are, where they meet. The Project will support young people through adolescence and into adulthood, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community. Today, there is a renewed urgency to our work. More young people are vulnerable to exploitation, becoming disengaged and marginalised and at risk of harm. They have nowhere to go where they can meet their peers in a safe environment and so increasingly are meeting in open spaces where there is no level of supervision, support and sense-checking/guidance.”

Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council, said how excited he was to be supporting the proposal, “Youth Services in the District have been dramatically reduced as West Berkshire District Council slashed their funding over the past 10 years. It is a priority of this Council to support the youth in our town and we provided £25,000 in this year’s budget towards youth outreach work. We will commit to funding this project for the rest of the term of this Council.  Cllr Colston continued, “Berkshire Youth are proven leaders in this field. They have taken on the Waterside centre from West Berkshire District Council and will be providing vital youth services from the heart of Newbury. We are delighted to seal this partnership and work in partnership with Berkshire Youth for the benefit of the youth in our community.”

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