Support for young unemployed is vacuous

The Observer reported that the support and advice for the young unemployed is not what was originally supposed. It seems that regular mentoring essentially comes down to a weekly text.

The £1bn scheme that has been promoted by Nick Clegg, as a concerted effort to solve the worklessness crisis for18- to 24-year-olds by offering them more time with advisers. But documents instructing job centres on their additional responsibilities reveal that the weekly contact promised under the scheme could merely consist of weekly text messages or emails.

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City Youth Service praised

By Mike Rawlins

Ann Weinstock

Ann Weinstock

The government youth “ËœCzar’ Anne Weinstock visited Burslem today to officially open the newly refurbished Moorland Park Youth Centre, and to view the new “ËœUth Hoppa’ mobile youth centres.

“Brilliant and inspirational services provided for young people” ““ was how Anne described the City’s Youth Service.

Anne went on to say “It’s great that these new facilities have been designed by the young people themselves. I just can’t believe what you have managed to achieve in Stoke-on-Trent.  The Uth Hoppa vehicles are fantastic and take youth workers and youth facilities out to where they are really needed.  Youth work was once the Cinderella of council services, but it is now in the forefront. Youth workers find the new facilities really motivating, and the police tell me that anti-social behaviour is now reduced by a hundred incidents a week in Stoke-on-Trent”
“Other councils could really learn from what has been achieved here.”

Youth Services in Stoke-on-Trent have benefited from an investment of £450k of government funding, and have accessed further funds themselves.

Pat Shelley, Head of Youth, Play and Outdoor Services at Stoke-on-Trent City Council said  “We now have some great youth facilities and a fleet of five state-of-the-art “ËœUth Hoppa’ vehicles. By the end of this year we will have 11 refurbished youth centres. We’ve listened to young people in the city and delivered what they wanted. The centres are being completely redesigned, and the new vehicles take the latest computers and plasma screens out to places where young people meet throughout the City.”
“The youth centres and mobile units offer local youngsters a safe and attractive place to socialise, and the opportunity to get involved in a huge range of activities.”
“Young people told us they wanted Friday and Saturday opening ““ and we’ve delivered this as well. We have used the money to improve facilities across the whole city, rather than have a few new facilities which could only benefit a limited number of young people.”

Dawn Primarolo, Minister for Children, Young People and Families said: “What’s great to see is that young people from Stoke-on-Trent have helped design the new facilities. Government will continue to make services for young people a top priority – to help them get involved in the community and to provide somewhere fun to go to on Friday and Saturday evenings.”

Stoke-on-Trent is one of 50 local authorities to benefit from the Government’s Youth Capital Fund Plus which brings young people and communities together to design and develop new facilities for young people.  The fund is part of a larger programme of investment to improve the lives of young people, totalling over £1bn over the next two years.

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After spending time in Tideswell, Derbyshire, last weekend and enjoying the beautiful stream, I was horrified to find the local stream at the bottom of the park in a right state. Me and our kid set about clearing it but we didn’t have our wellies or any tools so we just used bug sticks to drag the muck up onto the bank. I went back a few day after. Its a big job but I stated to make a bit of a dent in it…I’m hoping I might be able to rustle some helpers soon.

It’s minging, why the hell would anyone throw litter into the stream when it could potentially be quite beautiful. The water isn’t too dirty as I saw Fresh water shrimp and a frog in it. There are some who’d say its up to the council to clean up, but I think it’s our environment and our responsibility to keep things nice. Me, I don’t want to live in a rubbish tip. So I always pick up litter on my street, and I cant bear to look at the stream in that state…I’m gonna get my boots on and go armed with a littler grabber and finish the clean-up sometime next week.

We should all look after our waterways
I managed to drag the Corrugated Iron roof out of the stream but the glass and plastic will have to wait till I have the right gear. I managed to move a load of rocks and scrape a channel in the stream bed to get the water flowing quickly thus clearing some of the stagnant water. As you can see It’s now looking a touch better further downstream but I need some help really.

Anyone in the North Staffs area want to help me….drop me a line.
With the help of a few volunteers the stream could be returned to health in no time at all. The wildlife there would benefit making it nicer for all the local residents.

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