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Welshpool Youth Club safe

Created on 22/06/2016 @ 08:29
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Welshpool Youth Club is safe despite more cuts by Powys County Council which will see youth clubs in local communities closed with a "targeted" approach to youth services through local, schools.

This means many existing youth clubs in the area will close, although Welshpool Youth Club at Maesydre will be maintained.

The changes will see targeted support and youth clubs at five towns in the county – Welshpool, Newtown, Brecon, Llandrindod Wells and Ystradgynlais. 

Traditional youth clubs in the county’s smaller towns will be replaced with targeted provision and support through local schools.

The council will also look at commissioning and procuring a range of local youth activities in communities.

Youth workers will continue to have a part-time presence at high schools, colleges and pupil referral units as part of the changes, where young people will be to access information, advice support and mentoring as well as information on youth projects.

Young people and youth organisations will be asked in the summer what youth activities and projects they want to see when the changes come into effect later this year.

Cllr Graham Brown, Cabinet Member for Youth Services, said: “We are facing severe financial challenges and remodelling council services will be the key to providing public services in the future.

“Our youth services are highly thought of by our young people but the way they are currently provided is not sustainable financially.  We have had to make some very difficult decisions if we are to meet our £550,000 savings target.”

“Young people in the county will still be able to access advice, support and information and will be able to participate in projects in the future. We’re just changing the way they will be provided from the autumn but we believe we’ve created an innovative approach to a youth service that will continue to deliver for our young people but cost us less.”

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