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:
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.