Councillors “sympathetic” to proposed new youth work project

Patchway Town Council offices

Patchway Town Council has agreed to give “sympathetic consideration” to a proposed £45k project for youth work in the town in the next financial year (2012/2013).

A document entitled “Patchway Young Community Project” was circulated at the October meeting of the Finance Committee by Mark Seed, Children’s Services Manager of Southern Brooks Community Partnership.

The project would include individual support for young people referred by other agencies as well as group work and would extend to cover Patchway Common and Charlton Hayes.

Mr Seed asked if the Council would agree to fund this project for three years to the annual level of £18,400. He added that he would be approaching other funders as the total cost of the project would be £45,754 per year.

Councillors had earlier been given a presentation on detached youth work being carried out in Patchway with support from the Council. They heard that the project had been working with 250 individual young people since April 2011 on two nights per week: on Monday evenings in Scott Park where the ‘On the Ball’ football project attracted both males and females and on Thursday evenings at The Parade, Gorse Covert and Rodway Road shops.

From November the project will be working from Coniston Community Centre running street dance and healthy eating sessions over the winter months.

More info: Minutes of Finance Committee meeting on 4th October [PDF]