On the 10th of July 2019 we were privileged to be joined by Civil Society Minister Mims Davies to discuss championing grassroots youth work, hosted by The Avenues Youth Project.
Attendees included youth workers, our young ambassadors and John Lyons Charity. Insight from the session will be used to shape the review into statutory guidance for Local Authorities on providing youth services, specifically ensuring that the guidance is useful and accessible.
Civil Society Minister Mims Davies said:
“We need to ensure young people have the opportunities to develop new skills and have fun outside the classroom. We know access to youth workers and youth services transforms people’s lives and in some instances keep them safe.
I want this key review to take into account social isolation in young people especially those who are most vulnerable like young carers. We do want new guidance that is fit for purpose and offers the potential to form new and lasting partnerships that benefit our young people now and in the future.”
We had the opportunity to have a discussion on topics ranging from outreach work to mental health, as well as a tour of the youth centre by Carol Archibald, Programme Manager at Avenues.