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City charity set to give youth work a positive boost

Published Friday, 15 September 2017

Coventry-based Positive Youth Foundation is getting set to lead the city’s youth network.

From September, the charity will be working with organisations from across Coventry to ensure the coordination of activities for young people, continued provision for youth with special educational needs and disabilities, and youth sector training, as part of the Coventry Youth Partnership.

Cllr Ed Ruane, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Positive Youth Foundation has great experience in the youth sector and I am delighted they will be leading the plans for our future youth provision.

“We are determined that Coventry’s young people will continue to have access to high-quality youth provision and I am sure that the Coventry Youth Partnership will deliver this for the city.”

The transition comes as the Council ends its universal youth work provision, as part of the Connecting Communities project.

In order to boost the work of the Coventry Youth Partnership, the Council has allocated an £80,000 transition fund which will enable a smooth handover to the partnership.

Rashid Bhayat, Chief Executive of Positive Youth Foundation, said: “Positive activities are critical to young people’s sense of belonging and achievement. The Partnership will provide opportunities for young people to take part in high quality programmes across Coventry, delivered by youth work, sports, creative and personal development specialists. We will work together to co-ordinate opportunities for Coventry’s young people to come together, to celebrate our city and learn from each other.

He continued: “We have been working in the city for almost twenty years, in which time we have seen many changes to the sector. This exciting new phase will allow us to further develop our offer to young people”

The Council is 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.

The Connecting Communities programme was developed as a response to significant cuts to Council grants from Central Government, which means the Council can no longer deliver services in the same way. The programme has sought new ways of providing services by involving the private, voluntary and community sectors. Read more about Connecting Communities.

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