Council decides how much youth groups will get

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 August 2012


NORTH Somerset Council has decided how to divide nearly £300,000 between youth groups to help keep activities for youngsters running in towns and villages.

The authority is in the process of overhauling its entire youth services system as it makes unprecedented savings, and 11 commissioning networks have been set up across the district.

Each group has asked for money from the council’s pot that has been set aside to help it.

The networks are predominantly made up of town councils, faith groups, community groups and volunteers who already work with children.

The council has weighed up those bids and decided Weston South should get £28,000, Weston Central £27,700 and Weston East, which would encompass Worle, St Georges, Wick St Lawrence and Kewstoke should get £41,000.

The group that covers Banwell, Bleadon, Hutton, Locking Winscombe and Sandford would get £21,500 and the one covering Congresbury, Yatton and Backwell £27,000, with the remainder to be given to networks elsewhere in the district.

The groups have already received an enabling grant to help them get started.

A positive activity provider forum has been set up to pool resources for the networks to use, and North Somerset Youth Parliament sent out a survey to every secondary school to find out what activities youngsters want.

The final decision on the amount each network will receive has not been made, but the figures are recommendations from officers to executive member for education, Cllr Jeremy Blatchford.

The original figure due to be allocated was £250,000, but the council increased the funding because it felt a number of projects were worthwhile.

Suggestions from the groups for spending the money included sports, art and play activities, community festivals, training coaches and keeping youth provision going in areas where there were previously youth clubs.

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