Have your say on youth clubs

COMMUNITIES are being urged to give their ideas about taking on the county’s youth clubs or running alternative services as part of an overhaul by Suffolk County Council.

People can have their say on what should be done with 29 clubs which serve 13 to 19-year-olds including R-AGE in Bury St Edmunds.

The authority is to divest open access youth provision and introduce a more targeted youth support service.

Cllr Graham Newman, portfolio holder for children and young people, said: “We need to spend our limited budget wisely to offer the greatest benefit to the county’s young people, including targeted resources to the most vulnerable.

“I would urge community and voluntary groups, businesses, local councils and individuals across Suffolk to take this opportunity to come forward and have their say.”

A meeting was held at R-AGE in St Andrew’s Street South on Tuesday afternoon, where youth workers, the police, council bosses and other members of the community discussed the plans, as well as the future of youth club provision in the town.

Open access is due to continue at the centre up until the Easter break.

They will continue to run project work as well as one to one support.

Anyone who is interested in the proposals can visit the council’s website www.suffolk.gov.uk/youthclub2011 where they can complete a questionnaire.

The deadline for all suggestions is Thursday, March 31.

People can read more about the plans in the authority’s new publication, Are you Interested in Running a Youth Club?, which is available on the website or by contacting Yvette Gallagher on 01473 260689.