Restructure of Youth Services in the Vale
The way youth services are delivered in the Vale could soon be changing
Proposals that include the creation of a professional mobile youth service that will serve all areas of the county were approved for consultation by the Vale of Glamorgan Council in February as part of plans for a restructure of the organisation’s youth service.
The proposed new model encourages community groups to support the council by taking an active part in youth work and control of premises in their area to support the mobile service in the delivery of universal provision such as youth clubs.
It also addresses concerns over the quality and training of staff, difficulties with recruitment and retention of staff, and also reduces premises costs.
Cllr Bob Penrose, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills, said: “The plans have been designed to enable the council to provide a sustainable and effective service in the future.
“If these are agreed the Council will seek to increase contact with young people by using a mobile and agile workforce, increase staff hours and ensure that those staff on enhanced hours are available to schools and communities to support local initiatives.
“The proposal does not seek to diminish support for young people but rather aims to enhance and improve how it is delivered.”
Current service users as well as the wider community are being invited to share their views on the proposal which is also due to be discussed at the next meeting of the Learning and Culture scrutiny committee.
The Council would also welcome expressions of interest from any community group who would like to work in partnership to develop a youth group.
Read the report setting out the plans
Have your say
The consultation will close on March 29th 2018