We listened to you when we created our first Plan. You said you wanted more things for Children, Families and Young people to do. Young people in particular have been identified as a focal point for both aspiration and challenge (young people are those aged 12-19).
Through previous engagement with families and young people in the area, your feedback highlighted:
• A lack of affordable activities and provision for children, particularly during the school holiday period, and the need for a menu of provision;
• A lack of awareness of services available locally for young people (12-19 year olds), including personal development, support and leisure opportunities, causing barriers to participation.
So we put out a tender for a company to consult with children and young people on the type of provision they would like to see in the area and identify any gaps. Here's the Children, Families and Young People Tender. We then commissioned the Kaizen Partnership to carry out the research and they produced this report.
Under Strengthening Communities, during the next 2 years we plan to prioritise the activities detailed below for Children, Families, Young People and Older People:
- Sports and arts activities for children and young people of all ages, including holiday provision and youth work
- Help with schoolwork or homework
- New – life skills and opportunities, including interactive engagement and learning for 12 to 19 year olds
- New - Training Bursary Fundaimed at 16 to 25 year olds and possibly others
- Activities for older people and other adults, including arts & crafts, fitness and socials to help build friendships and combat isolation
- Digital inclusion projects, supporting people of all ages to access online facilities and services – for example, job searching for people who are unemployed, or access to services for older isolated members of the community