Youth service cuts plan given temporary go-ahead

Southend Standard: Youth service cuts plan given temporary go-ahead Youth service cuts plan given temporary go-ahead

PLANS to run the county’s youth services with volunteers have been temporarily given the green light.

Essex County Council plans to stop running the services and to train more volunteers to carry out the work instead.

It is in a bid to save £2.6million by 2017.

Yesterday, the Children and Young People scrutiny committee agreed to allow Ray Gooding, Essex County Council cabinet member for children and young people, to pursue the changes for a probationary six months.

Graham Butland, committee chair, said: “I stretched the constitution somewhat as I believed, after hearing from both sides, it was not clear Mr Gooding’s aspirations would come true any more than the fears of the people who spoke against the plans.

“In the end, I said in six months time, Ray Gooding must come back to the committee and we will see how things are going and see whether the fears have been recognised of the aspirations achieved.”

The 14-member committee agreed the proposal, with one member opposing it and one member abstaining.

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3:24pm Fri 14 Mar 14

catflap1 says...

be nice to know where the volunteers are going to be found
be nice to know where the volunteers are going to be found catflap1
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11:35am Sat 15 Mar 14

pheebz says...

Being a young person who has been fighting to save our youth workers and our youth service, we have made it perfectly clear to councillor gooding that getting more volunteers is not going to solve anything.
our youth workers are very supportive and caring people, volunteers can come and go as they please our youth workers actually love doing there jobs.
we need our youth workers not some volunteers who are not trained, and have no idea how to deal with vulnerable young people with needs that the youth workers deal with and handle in ways that they can.
they support us in every way, and for so many young people the youth workers have changed there life around, I am stating that from experience.
this isn't going to work and after all our meeting with cllr gooding we feel extremely let down by what he has done, so all I'm saying is good luck with the volunteers because your going to need it ;)
Being a young person who has been fighting to save our youth workers and our youth service, we have made it perfectly clear to councillor gooding that getting more volunteers is not going to solve anything. our youth workers are very supportive and caring people, volunteers can come and go as they please our youth workers actually love doing there jobs. we need our youth workers not some volunteers who are not trained, and have no idea how to deal with vulnerable young people with needs that the youth workers deal with and handle in ways that they can. they support us in every way, and for so many young people the youth workers have changed there life around, I am stating that from experience. this isn't going to work and after all our meeting with cllr gooding we feel extremely let down by what he has done, so all I'm saying is good luck with the volunteers because your going to need it ;) pheebz
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12:42pm Sat 15 Mar 14

pheebz says...

catflap1 wrote:
be nice to know where the volunteers are going to be found
Think they going to just pick random people off of the street
[quote][p][bold]catflap1[/bold] wrote: be nice to know where the volunteers are going to be found[/p][/quote]Think they going to just pick random people off of the street pheebz
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