From 12 September to 12 December 2016 the Council consulted on proposals on the future shape of children's centres, nurseries, libraries and youth services. The outcomes of the consultation were reported to the City Council's Cabinet on 7 March 2017 (agenda item 5), with all recommendations approved for implementation.
Cabinet approved a process for awarding transitional support to community and voluntary sector groups and organisations for mitigation of youth service reductions on 7 March 2017, including identifying a lead organisation to coordinate future universal youth services.
We are continuing to work with organisations, residents and community groups around their role in the delivery of services in communities and further information can be found on these webpages.
From September 2017, Coventry-based charity Positive Youth Foundation will be working with organisations from across Coventry to ensure coordination of activities for young people, continued provision for youth with special educational needs and disabilities, and youth sector training, as part of the new Coventry Youth Partnership. This comes as the Council ends its universal youth work provision, as part of the Connecting Communities project. The Council has allocated up to £80,000 from the transition fund to enable a smooth handover to the partnership.
The Council is also currently working with other voluntary and community organisations in the city to award transition funding to enable a range of new activities for young people. This will include projects teaching music and media skills, urban sports, personal development work and more traditional youth work. Each project is approved by a panel that includes young people from the city, and the Positive Youth Foundation will support the delivery of the activities.