Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Youth service reforms won’t save Sidmouth’s centre

06:00 18 June 2014

Devon County Council

Devon County Council

Archant

Devon’s youth service will be run from eight ‘central hubs’ if new money-
saving measures are pushed through – but vulnerable Sidmouth youngsters will have to trek to Exmouth to join a regular session.

Devon County Council (DCC) wants to cut almost £1million from the current level of service to help balance its books.

It had planned to close all of its 32 youth centres if they were not taken on by voluntary organisations, but reviewed the plans after more than 100 representations from users, parents and communities.

Now Exmouth’s The Hive – an hour away from Sidmouth by bus – looks set to be saved as one of eight youth hubs, although East Devon’s other centres still face the axe.

DCC is also proposing to retain 53 full-time equivalent staff to work both in a targeted role with the most vulnerable and running open-access sessions.

And £100,000 will be available for advice and infrastructure support, with a further £200,000 for one-off grants as the council looks to the community to take over the provision.

Sidmouth youth activist Alfie Weaver welcomed the rethink but said the proposals do not go far enough, adding: “The local hub in Exmouth still leaves the rest of East Devon without provision.

“The idea of young people from low-income families being able to make a journey at night on an expensive bus is unrealistic and shows the lack of understanding the council has towards these vital services.

“The young people who access centres across Devon can be challenging and [staff] require training to be able to defuse any hard situations and create a positive learning and engaging environment – something that DCC’s £300,000 will not cover.

“I still believe that the cuts are short-sighted and will cost the council a great deal in the not so distant future.”

Speaking at a DCC cabinet meeting to discuss the proposals on Wednesday, Councillor Emma Morse said: “Only time will tell whether this experiment that central government is inflicting on us will ruin a generation of children because we didn’t invest enough time and money in them.”

Devon’s cabinet member for young people, James McInnes, said: “Improving our targeted early intervention work with the most vulnerable young people has to be the top priority.

“But we also recognise the important role that open-access provision has for many communities as part of the broader network of local support for young people and we wish to help support and encourage this.

“I believe our solution offers the best opportunity to both target our limited resources on the most vulnerable whilst harnessing the capacity and expertise of a professional youth service.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

06:34
Children at Sidbury primary school enjoyed pancake races at school this week. Ref shs 06-16SH 4033. Picture: Simon Horn

Children at Sidbury Primary School had a flipping great Pancake Day with some help from the village’s Women’s Institute.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:30

A pensioner who almost fell foul of a phone scam is warning others to think before they hand over their details - after fraudsters accessed her webcam.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:34
Joe Fowler's bronze winning Thai-inspired noodle dish

Former Sidmouth College and King’s School students bag gold and bronze prizes in cookery competition

Read more
Yesterday, 15:11
Ottery's only public toilet was vandalised

The town’s only public lavatory had to be closed this week

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Close-up of woman's mouth

The potential amount of money that could be saved is the equivalent to 364,000 dental check-ups.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:47
Riverside players performance of Aladdin. Ref shs 06-16TI 0547. Picture: Terry Ife

The Riverside Players have been performing their production of Aladdin to full houses at Newton Poppleford Village Hall.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
Ollie the mind-reading Llama and his owner, Maggie Jee of Peak Hill Llamas. Ref shs 05-16AW 8687. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth animal’s strange powers of prediction

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
Ollie the mind-reading Llama and his owner, Maggie Jee of Peak Hill Llamas. Ref shs 05-16AW 8675. Picture: Alex Walton

‘Sidmouth animal can read minds’, says owner

Read more
Yesterday, 10:06
The Five Bells, in Ottery St Mary. This picture was taken around 1910, when it was known as the Matthews' Five Bells Inn.

Councillors say they were kept in the dark about ‘very bad’ condition of conservation area

Read more
Yesterday, 09:59
Maureen Thurlow (right) will be running a weekly Memory Group at the Sidmouth Library for people with memory loss and their carers. To find when the sessions will be held please contact the library. Ref shs 3037-04-16SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Sidmouth Library is running a reading group aimed at those with memory loss and their carers.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications