United bid to raise funds to save local youth services

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 June 2012 | UPDATED: 08:45 05 June 2012

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(c) Adam Gault

COMMUNITY leaders are bidding for thousands of pounds to help save youth services across Worle and surrounding villages.

North Somerset councillor Sonia Russé, North Worle LAT chairman Peter Hardaway, town councillor Michal Kus, Worle Community School extended services team member Tracey Dyer and The Campus and Castle Batch manager Paul Hillman are among those working together to try to win a pot of cash.

They are hoping to form a ‘commissioning network’ to help provide youth services in Worle, St Georges, Wick St Lawrence and Kewstoke.

They have applied for £4,650 to keep youth activities running until September.

Then over the next three months the group is being asked to put forward an application for further money to extend the services for even longer.

That sum could be up to £20,000, but the group needs people to come forward to join the commissioning network.

Cllr Russé said: “A dramatic note was sent out to say ‘please, if you want us to continue to provide you with services please come forward’. I understand there may have been a good response to that.”

North Somerset Council is in the process of overhauling its entire youth services system as it makes unprecedented savings of nearly £50million, and hopes the new structure will provide for youngsters across the district.

The authority has set aside more than £300,000 for community groups, parish councils and other organisations to get the new system up and running.

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

The authority is also preparing to fight a judicial review launched by the family of 21-year-old Aaron Hunt of Banwell, who challenged the council’s decision to cut a number of youth services around the district.

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