£ 1million investment in youth services on the horizon for Kirklees

Kirklees council could be prompted to invest up to £ 1million in new services for young people if new proposals are approved.

Cabinet members are urged to approve funding at a meeting next week, which would allow every child and youth in the district access to safe places, learning opportunities and fun activities.

The program, called “Youth Places To Go”, would lead to the development of new facilities and the extension of those already in place in the region.

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The money would be used to provide grants to local organizations, which would develop and manage youth services on behalf of the council.

Mobile projects are central to the plans, so that young people in the more rural areas of the district can also be reached.

There are also plans to help young people from marginalized groups such as people with disabilities or with special educational needs, so that they can also get involved.

As part of these plans, two new Youth Places To Go centers – one in Huddersfield and one in North Kirklees – could benefit from additional investment later.

Plans could include:

  • Make the Boy Scout Hut accessible to wheelchair users and other disabled children
  • Better facilities and programs for children and young people from minorities or disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Funds help more children and youth exercise on the green lane
  • Basic bike maintenance course for teens to improve their confidence and skills
  • Provide a safe space for LGBTQ + youth
  • Support young people with SEN and / or learning disabilities who might otherwise be excluded from skills-based learning and social spaces

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Speaking on the plans, Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said: “Youth services across the country have been cut in recent years, but here at Kirklees, we are investing heavily in our young people. ”

“Our goal is to provide them with a wide range of opportunities and places to meet friends in a safe environment that promotes their physical and mental health. “

“We will ensure that there are inclusive places for all, offering social and learning activities to inspire young minds. “

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“Youth Places To Go will be developed based on the perspectives of children and youth themselves, as well as parents, families, the voluntary sector and our other key partners. “

“We already have a network of suppliers who are doing a very good job, but this is a great opportunity to strengthen those ties and expand the current offering alongside our much-loved community groups. “

“We will increase what is available in local areas, supporting local organizations – many of which are struggling to get funding – and focusing on the things that make the biggest difference to our young people. “

“This is an exciting development that will dramatically improve facilities for young people across Kirklees. It’s about helping young people get the best start in life, to aspire, to be successful and to find great support within their own community.

The decision whether or not to approve the Youth Places To Go program will be made by Cabinet members on November 16.

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