16 August 2017

Delivering youth services in the city

The new programme of youth services to support children & young people in the city will begin on 1 October.

As part of our Youth Grants Programme for 2017-2020 we will continue to work with a wide range of community & voluntary sector partners to deliver neighbourhood and equality youth services in targeted areas across the city. 

The programme aims to support positive changes for young people either individually or as a community, targeting the highest areas of deprivation. This is part of our aim to improve the social inclusion of young people, support young people into employment and to reduce antisocial behaviour, particularly in communities with council house tenancies.

For Hangleton, Portslade and West Hove, the grant has been awarded to The Hangleton & Knoll Project with the YMCA as a partner.

In the east of the city The Trust for Developing Communities will lead with the Deans Youth Project Impact Initiatives as their partner.

The Trust for Developing Communities will also lead in In Moulsecoomb and Patcham, partnering with Impact Initiatives, Albion in the Community Extratime, Friends, Families and Travellers, and the Bevendean Activities Group.

Centrally the Brighton Youth Centre will work with The Young People’s Centre, Tarner Project and the Youth Advice Centre.

Equalities support will be provided by specialists across the city – Allsorts Youth Project, the Black and Minority Ethnic Young People’s Project and Extratime.

Councillor Dan Chapman, Chair of the Children, Young People and Skills Committee said: “I am pleased that despite pressure on funding, and despite the need to make some savings, we can continue to provide a range of youth services across the city, including working with the voluntary sector.”

Mike Roe, CEO of the Brighton Youth Centre, said: "At a time when up and down the country youth work is disappearing, I am delighted that the council has listened to Young People and continued to fund this vital work in Brighton & Hove."

Adam Muirhead, Project Manager for the Trust for Developing Communities, said: “We are incredibly pleased that the council has been able to commission youth work for the city's young people in spite of very challenging economic landscape. Our group of charities working in partnership are keen to work strategically with council services to achieve the greatest outcomes for our youth.”

The council will continue to deliver a city wide Advocacy & Participation youth service to create opportunities for engagement with young people and to support vulnerable groups of young people. The service will also continue to support the Arts Awards & Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to provide educational opportunities to young people.

The youth bus will continue to be available for use across the city by council services that work directly with young people as well as by the community & voluntary sector providers.