Would you like to join us for our Youth Work Panel on Saturday?

October 18, 2017 8:48 PM
By Mathew Hulbert

"Youth Work Saves Lives - Now We Must Save Youth Work"

Please join us for our chaired panel discussion on the future of Youth Services at our Regional Conference on Saturday 21st October at Southwell Minster School

The Youth Service, across the country, has seen devastating cuts in recent years, as have youth services more widely. Research has shown that around £387m has been cut from Youth Services by local authorities since 2010. Councils, in turn, blame Central Government for this by referencing the reduced budgets they're having to deal with.

Lib Dem policy is that the youth service should be made statutory, meaning Councils have to find the money for it. Because when youth services go or are reduced (especially Council-run, universal, all-year-round youth services), it is often the most vulnerable young people who lose out and, often, then have nowhere else to turn to for help and support. Youth work, at its best, saves lives; it turns lives around; it lifts people up and it helps to create good, conscientious citizens.

So, what do we do now?

How do we restore and revitalise youth services-both Council-run and those led by the Third Sector? And how do we ensure that the money which is made available by Government is properly shared out and doesn't just go to the Government's faoured youth scheme NCS (National Youth Agency.)

Join us on our panel discussion event with:

  • Layla Moran MP, who became the Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon at this year's general election - and is the party's Shadow Secretary of State for Education (and formerly Young People).
  • Linda Jack who chaired the party's youth policy working group and has spent most of her career was in youth services.
  • Charlee Bewsher from the Institute for Youth Work - a practising youth worker with over twenty years experience in the secto

There will be content from the speakers then time for discussions and questions from attendees with a view to formulating our approach.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Mathew Hulbert
Youth Work Panel Chair