Following a review of youth services earlier this year, the council’s cabinet agreed a number of recommendations which focussed on prioritising funding in a way that provides preventative, targeted support to the county’s most vulnerable young people.
In addition, £200,000 was earmarked to help boost the range of activities available across the county to all young people. Herefordshire already has many groups and organisations that put on clubs and events for young people. These include sports clubs, church groups, interest groups, arts, voluntary organisations and groups like the young farmers. The council wants to explore how it can help these groups and organisations to grow and develop.
Discussions are underway in all the county’s localities between now and March 2013 which members of the public, and interested groups, are invited to attend.*
Councillor Patricia Morgan, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We need to make sure we understand what is needed for young people in their local community, then work with local groups and organisations to help meet that need.”
The next round of meetings are scheduled as follows:
Ross-on-Wye, Y-Zone Youth Centre, Hill Street
4 October, 4.30-6pm
Ledbury, Ledbury Primary School, Longacres
11 October, 10am-12noon
Hereford City, Greencroft Children’s Centre, Redhill
22 October, 4.30-6.30pm
Mortimer and Leominster, Earl Mortimer College and Sixth Form Centre, South Street
12 October, 2-4pm