Have your say on youth activity plans

Have your say

consultation is being launched on plans to end council youth activities in Derbyshire and pay volunteers to organise them instead.

Derbyshire County Council is running a 10-week exercise from Monday, asking residents, users, staff and community groups for their views on proposed changes to the way the activities are offered.

The council wants to fund activities for young people through voluntary and community organisations, rather than providing them directly.

The change aims to give youngsters more chance to take part in activities when and where they want them.

Under the proposals the council would no longer provide frontline activities including youth clubs and its mobile service – it currently provides about 30 per cent of the county’s youth activities.

It would continue to provide professionally-qualified youth workers to support vulnerable young people and families facing difficulties.

The council said it plans to set up a youth activities grants scheme to support new projects, voluntary, community and independent groups and carry out a review of its youth centres to transfer or dispose of the buildings.

Coun Barry Lewis, cabinet member for young people, said: “We want to make the most of the money we spend. They’re expensive to run and just 28 per cent of 13 to 19-year-olds use them regularly.”