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George

George

Name: George Downs
Age: 17
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Exmouth, Devon
Campaign: To help preserve the quality of the youth service in Devon

For many young people in Devon, the youth service is seen as a lifeline. A weekly interaction with a youth worker can be all it takes to prevent a minor problem escalating into a major one.

 

This is why it’s so devastating that the service is being cut. The local authority has decided not to operate youth services in 24 of Devon’s current youth centres – instead keeping 8 key hubs.

 

This is something that concerns me and the rest of my team. We’re worried about the impact these changes could have. For instance, whether it could lead to an increase in crime.

 

With Fixers, we’re creating a film to make decision-makers aware of the knock-on effects of their choices.

 

In an ideal world, we’d like all of Devon’s youth centres to remain under council management.

 

However, we do realise that hard times means compromise, therefore we hope to work with other voluntary or community groups to preserve the quality of youth work where we live.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Alfie Weaver Andy Vinniecombe
Ben Coker Cameron Harrison
Chris Hyde Emily Jones
Frances Jones Izzy Strawbridge
Jaspa Stritt Jon Cummings
Josh Butler Kieran Curtis
Lee Barnes Mindy Gibson
Nathan Newbury Paris Hedger
Samuel McCarthy Shannon Kowalski
Tabitha Wethers Tia Joslyn
Xavier Bowles Sophie Blandford

Devon Youth Service
John Calvert, Service Development Manager at Devon Youth Service, supports our Fix. He agreed to be interviewed to appear in our broadcast piece. Elizabeth Williams, Senior Youth Worker, has also supported us. She's helped organise and facilitate meetings for the project.

 

Devon County Council
James McInnes, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Skills at Devon County Council, has helped with our project. He appears in our broadcast film to explain the need for youth service cuts.

July 2014
News of my project appeared in the Exeter Express and Echo. Click here to read the article.

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