Activities and facilities for young people to be scrutinised

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News release: 14 February 2012

Activities and provision for young people are to be considered by St Albans City and District Council’s Overview and Scrutiny (Public Services) Committee on Wednesday, 22 February 2012.

They will receive a presentation from St Albans and District Strategic Partnership about how its members are working together to join up activities and services for young people through the Youth Action Group.

The Youth Action Group was set up in 2011 to bring together organisations in the District involved in delivering services and activities to young people so that they can share resources and avoid duplication. It also identifies opportunities to provide new facilities and activities for young people around the District.

The presentation will make recommendations on what new youth projects and facilities are needed and whether they need support from the Strategic Partnership and the Council. It will also set out the need to develop a more coordinated approach for the group’s work with clear aims and objectives around youth engagement, facilities and activities.

Councillor Robert Donald, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny (Public Services) said: “The Committee has been keen to hear about the work of the Youth Action Group since June last year when it drew up its own scrutiny work programme for the year. Members of the public have consistently expressed concern that there are not enough facilities provided in the District for young people other than sports and uniformed groups. We therefore want to explore with the Youth Action Group what new projects and initiatives they are recommending to the Strategic Partnership should be started in the area. While the County Council has primary responsibility to make provision for young people via Youth Connexions and clubs like The Pioneer, the District Council increasingly has an important partnership and support role to play in this as well. Young people are our future and we should ensure that there is sufficient investment in suitable facilities and activities to keep them stimulated and occupied rather than running the risk of some of them being drawn into inappropriate or anti-social behaviour. I expect it to be a lively and productive meeting with the Youth Action Group which should benefit all the young people of our District.”

If anyone wishes to raise any questions or ideas with the Youth Action Group, please email scrutiny@stalbans.gov.uk or write to Catherine Comfort, Scrutiny Support Officer, St Albans City and District Council, Council Offices, Civic Centre.

The meeting on Wednesday, 22 February will be open to the public. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you can view a webcast of the meeting live or at a later date on the Council’s website. People with access to an appropriate computer with broadband internet access and Microsoft Windows media player will be able to view the meeting.

The agenda for the meeting will be available shortly on the Council’s website.

Member contact:
Cllr Robert Donald, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny (Public Services) Committee
Tel: 01727 841647

Contact for the press:
Amanda Wilkinson,
Media and Internal Communications Officer
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819317
E-mail: amanda.wilkinson@stalbans.gov.uk
www.stalbans.gov.uk

Notes:
1. Information about the role of the Overview and Scrutiny (Public Services) Committee is available on the Council’s website.

2. The St Albans and District Strategic Partnership is a group of key local public, private, voluntary and community sector organisations working together to improve the quality of life for everyone in the District. More information is available at: /Bounce.aspx?PG=http://www.stalbanslsp.org.uk/
The Partnership’s partners include St Albans City and District Council, Hertfordshire County Council, NHS Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire Constabulary.