Positive leisure-time activities for young people review

The way that Wiltshire Council offers activities and support for young people is changing. We want to work in a new way that responds to what young people need in their local area and involves young people in having a greater say in what services and activities are available locally. We want to target support for young people who need it most and develop things for the future that are sustainable (that can keep going and be maintained) and link in with new council developments. These changes will affect the support and activities for young people which take place in your area at the moment, whether that is run by the council or voluntary groups like Scouts, Cadets or a local youth group.

It is important the council listens when we make any changes and we would like your opinion about what you think is the best way forward and which option you feel the council should take.

Like all councils Wiltshire has financial challenges which it needs to overcome. This means making tough decisions to reduce its spending over the next four years (£120 million). When Full Council met on February 25th 2014 they decided that the 2014/2015 budget for open access youth work in Wiltshire should be £1,013,884 and how this will be spent will depend on the outcome of this consultation.

We are interested in your view and there are lots of ways to let us know what you think. Your view is important – make sure your voice is heard.

Click on the link titled ‘youth consultation what we know’ to find out what young people have said about youth activities over the last 2 years. This feedback has helped us develop our possible options for the future.

If you would like to see the briefing that was sent to Area Boards click on the document titled ‘Councillor Briefing’* (*Please note that the options are in a different order in the councillor briefing compared to the young people’s survey).

For more information you can visit the Wiltshire Council website http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/latestnews.htm?aid=149213 where you will be able to find a copy of the full report that went to Wiltshire Council Cabinet Members.

Young People – you can get your voice heard by clicking on the link below and filling out the short survey.

Before you fill out the survey it is worth looking at the document called ‘Hints and Tips’, this will give you more details about the proposed changes and some helpful tips to direct you through the survey.

http://www.sparksite.co.uk/snap/Positive leisure-time activities 2/positive_activities.htm

Various focus groups will also be taking place throughout February and March. If you want one at your school or club let us know.

The attached powerpoint will give you an idea of how the focus group will work.

Voluntary and Community Sector – you can have your say by completing the document titled ‘ VCS Consultation form’ which is available in both Word and PDF versions. Please return your completed forms to voiceandinfluenceteam@wiltshire.gov.uk or post them to the address below.

There is a VCS consultation event on Wednesday 12th March 2014 10.30am – 12.30pm at Devizes Town Hall.

If you have any comments about how we could improve the consultation or how things could be done differently then contact the Voice and Influence Team at voiceandinfluenceteam@wiltshire.gov.uk.

If you are a disabled young person or you need some extra support to get your views heard, you can email the Voice and Influence Team on voiceandinfluenceteam@wiltshire.gov.uk or contact Damian Haasjes (01380 826526) Christina Gregory (01380 826527)

If you are not a young person or from a VCS organisation we still want to hear your views. You can send your comments to voiceandinfluenceteam@wiltshire.gov.uk

Voice and Influence Team – Operational Office, Estcourt Crescent, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1LR