Horsham district community working together to help young people

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COMMUNITY groups across the Horsham District are exploring how to support provision for local young people with help from Horsham District Council.

Horsham District Council is supporting local communities to develop their own locally owned and tailored solutions to youth provision, initially by organising two community meetings, which took place earlier this year.

Presentations from West Sussex County Council were held about the future of youth services it provides and there was an opportunity to ask questions.

There was also a presentation about Southwater Youth Project, an example of a successful existing community based youth project, as well as opportunities to discuss aims for future youth provision and agree the way forward.

Following these discussions, community groups made up of several agencies were formed to consider the future of youth provision in different parts of the District, sharing resources where appropriate with each other, and involving surrounding parishes.

The community groups are partnerships comprising young people, residents, parents, schools, parish councils, neighbourhood councils, churches, community partnerships, businesses, charities, churches, West Sussex County councillors and Horsham District Council.

These groups have shared and developed ideas over the last six months. The groups are now aiming to employ community youth workers, who will provide local opportunities and support for all young people in the form of youth club sessions, mentoring, issue based youth work and detached youth work.

The community groups have already sought further support for their Community Youth Work proposals through presentations to church leaders, elected Members and parish clerks.

These presentations have secured significant interest for developing community youth work in the District and the community groups, with support from Horsham District Council, are also working with other communities including Pulborough and Steyning.

Sue Rogers, HDC cabinet member for a safer and healthier district, said: “I am very optimistic about the work that is underway to realise the vision of the community groups to establish this new youth provision across the District.

“Parish councils have responded very positively and we shall be working with them through the summer as part of their decision making process. 

“Other community and faith groups have also expressed keen interest to work with us in our aims.”

To find out more about these local discussions or to support the development of local services for young people, please contact Clare Ebelewicz, senior youth and older persons officer at Horsham District Council, by calling 01403 215137 or email clare.ebelewicz@horsham.gov.uk