PETITION: Final chance to save youth centres in Kingston

PETITION: Final chance to save youth centres in Kingston

by 19th March 2016 1 comment

 

A message from James Giles, Editor of Coombe Monthly

Following Kingston Council’s Adults and Children’s Committee on Wednesday 16th March, wherein the closure of youth services at Searchlight, Devon Way and Barnfield (and the closure of Doris Venner, already unused for youth services) was pushed through by Conservative councillors, Coombe Monthly and local residents are calling this decision in for review at full council. This will be reviewed at full council if we can count on the support of residents such as you to bring the total signatories past 100.

Groups based at youth centres are really important for young people across our Royal Borough, as they have the chance to socialise, make friends and most importantly learn in a safe and secure informal environment, providing skills for life. Young people have shown they don’t want their youth centres closed. In the consultation of young people, 60% of responses were from the centres now planned for closure, and when asked how young people wanted the youth work to be offered in Kingston, the greatest response by far was ‘Do not close youth centres’.

These young people may not be able to vote, but it is just as much the responsibility of a councillor to serve in the interests of young people as it is adults. This administration has let the young people of this borough down, with no clear alternative plan in place. Disturbingly, when young people were asked about the impacts of the closure of their youth centres, even they realise that anti-social behaviour will increase. This was the greatest response.

The report into this did not properly take into account the views of young people. This administration has let down the youth of this borough. Enough is enough – our youth centres must be saved.

 

Please support this last chance to save Kingston’s youth centres by adding your name to our ‘Resident Call In’ below. To sign you must live, work or study in Kingston.

If you do not provide your address and postcode (or work/school address and postcode if you work/study in the borough), your signature cannot be counted by Kingston Council on this call in.

CALL IN: SAVE OUR YOUTH CENTRES

SIGNATORY

**TO SIGN THIS PETITION YOU MUST LIVE, STUDY OR WORK IN THE ROYAL BOROUGH OF KINGSTON. YOU MUST FILL OUT THE STREET AND POSTCODE WHEN SIGNING FOR YOUR NAME TO COUNT ON THIS CALL-IN PETITION... IF YOU WORK OR STUDY IN KINGSTON, BUT DO NOT LIVE IN THE BOROUGH, PLEASE TYPE YOUR PLACE OF WORK OR SCHOOL.**
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WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, CALL IN ITEM SIX FROM THE ADULTS AND CHILDREN’S COMMITTEE, “THE PROPOSED MODERNISATION OF THE YOUTH SERVICE PROVISION” FOR REVIEW AT FULL COUNCIL.

KINGSTON’S YOUTH RELY ON THEIR YOUTH CENTRES AND MUST BE SAVED.

IN AfC’s CONSULTATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE ON YOUTH SERVICES, 59.3% OF RESPONSES CAME FROM YOUNG PEOPLE WHO USE THE SERVICES AT SITES WHICH OUR COUNCIL ARE NOW ATTEMPTING TO REMOVE KEY YOUTH SERVICES. IN FACT, WHEN ASKED HOW ‘WOULD YOU LIKE THE YOUTH WORK TO BE OFFERED?', THE GREATEST RESPONSE WAS DO NOT CLOSE YOUTH CENTRES. IT IS ALSO DISTURBING THAT EVEN AMONGST YOUNG PEOPLE, WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE CLOSURE OF YOUTH CENTRES, THE GREATEST RESPONSE WAS THAT THEY THOUGHT ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR WOULD INCREASE. THIS COUNCIL HAS LET DOWN THE YOUTH OF THIS BOROUGH. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - OUR YOUTH CENTRES MUST BE SAVED.

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  1. Local concern
    #1 Local concern 6 June, 2016, 21:01

    Cabinet meeting 10 a.m, 13th January Dorchester county hall last chance to save any youth clubs in dorset. Giving the buildings to interested parties providing no staff or professional line management for any and placing whatever full time youth workers left in schools. I feel its a done deal really but hopefully there is enough people there to make their voices heard an accident waiting to happen. Sad times

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