VULNERABLE children in Warwickshire are set to benefit from a £1.5million investment.
Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet has committed to funding targeted youth support over the next two years.
The extra funds will go into projects to expand the youth support available beyond the county council’s own services. For example, working with local businesses to embed child-friendly approaches, delivering free early help group work to schools, and providing additional training and support to voluntary and community youth groups in the sector. .
The establishment of a new Youth Community Fund will support the creation of a youth work alliance, where volunteers and professional workers within this community can share support and best practice with each other.
Creating learning and development opportunities for youth worker teams will also be a priority so the service can continue to develop and improve the support on offer. Beyond targeted youth support, there are a range of activities available for young people including discussion groups, clubs and specialised help.
The extra funding will allow the council to provide even more opportunities to help young people establish their own voices, build confidence, learn and grow. Local projects like Area Forums and Youth Councils, which give young people a platform to explore issues that affect them and have a say, will continue and be developed even further.
Children’s Services spokesman Coun Jeff Morgan said: “The award of this funding to targeted youth services demonstrates the council’s ongoing priority to support the needs of vulnerable children and young people across the county. Safeguarding the county’s young people along with providing increased access to trained and professional youth teams will create safe environments where young people can express and develop themselves.
“Our direction is to become a well-connected and child-friendly organisation, and we are committed to supporting our children and young people in Warwickshire so that they can experience a fun, happy and healthy childhood. This additional investment will progress Warwickshire further in fulfilling the needs and required support for our children and young people.”
www.warwickshire.gov.uk/youthservices for more details.