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Stoke St Milborough Parish Council,

Youth Services survey

By Wendy Richards Stoke St Milborough Parish Council,

Wednesday, 16 October 2019


Stoke St Milborough Parish Council, Contributor


Views sought on future delivery of Shropshire’s youth support services

Shropshire Council is carrying out an eight-week consultation to ask people how they think youth support services should be delivered in the future to best meet local needs.

The consultation began yesterday (9 September 2019) and ends on 31 October and all interested individuals, groups and organisations are being encouraged to take part.

A review is necessary because the arrangements currently in place in Shropshire are due to come to an end shortly. This local work is taking place alongside a national review – launched on the 10 July 2019 – into how local authorities should secure activities and services for young people.

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said “With an increase in youth crime, exploitation and demand on children’s social care, there is a growing focus nationally on the work local authorities need to undertake to ensure the most vulnerable young people can access and receive the support they need. Shropshire Council has been working to review the delivery of youth support in Shropshire, and a councillors’ Task and Finish group has been exploring the delivery of existing support and good practice in youth provision. Before any decisions can be taken – or future plans developed – the council needs to understand the views of local people, children and young people and local services and organisations. This consultation is designed to obtain this important feedback.”

To take part in the consultation, people can complete a short online survey here, provide feedback by email to TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk or write to ‘Youth consultation 2019’ c/o Shirehall, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND.

Council officers will also be visiting different stakeholder groups and attending a range of meetings during the consultation period.

All feedback will be carefully considered and will be used to develop a proposal for the future delivery of youth services in Shropshire. The proposal will be presented to Shropshire Council’s Cabinet on 11 December 2019.

Further information

What other evidence will be used to inform the new strategy?

Work has been taking place to gather together a wide range of evidence including national research and guidance, data about and from local services, and population data. This information, added to the feedback obtained through the consultation, will help to inform future decision making. Key documents include:

§  The National Youth Agency and All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs’ inquiry into youth work – available here.

§  A Commons Select Committee report on serious youth violence – available here.

Views sought from residents about SpArC Centre in Bishop’s Castle

Residents of the Bishop’s Castle area are being asked to share their views on a consultation on the changes to the way that the SpArC Centre is operated.

The public consultation, launched on 22 August 2019, runs until Thursday 31 October 2019.

The aim of the consultation is to give residents of Bishop’s Castle and the surrounding areas the chance to have their say on how the centre can be improved and what they would like to see there in the future.

Shropshire Council also wants to better understand how residents currently use the facility to help inform future developments.

You can complete the survey by following this link.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture, leisure, communications and waste, said “Shropshire Council wants to listen to resident’s views about how we can improve the SpArC Centre and better understand how they currently use it so I’d encourage residents to respond to this consultation. Feedback will be used in consideration when Shropshire Council take over the running of the facility on 1 April, 2020.”

The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete.

Contact Information

Wendy Richards

  • 07813271274
  • 01584823678

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Peckledy farm, Heath, Stoke St Milborough, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY7 9DS