Have your say on youth support in Aldridge

Last updated: 05/06/2013 10:00:31

Young people, their families and local residents will be able to have their say on the future of youth work in Aldridge at a public meeting this month.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 13 June from 6pm to 8pm at Aldridge Manor House, Little Aston Road, Aldridge, WS9 8NJ.

Consultation has been taking place with young people and their families since April 2013.  This is another opportunity for others to talk through the plans and give their views.

The decision to move from Aldridge Manor House was taken as part of a review of property by Walsall Council’s cabinet more than 12 months ago to help save costs.

The council's Integrated Young People's Support Service (IYPSS) will move out of Aldridge Manor House at the end of August 2013.

The meeting will be an opportunity for council staff from property services and IYPSS to clarify issues regarding the decision to close Aldridge Manor House as well as for people to have their say in the development of services for young people in the area from September 2013.

Councillor Rachel Andrew, portfolio holder for children’s services with Walsall Council Coalition said: “I realise that there has been some concern from young people and residents about the closure of Aldridge Manor House Youth Centre.

“I would like to reassure everyone in Aldridge and the surrounding communities that, although the building will be closing, youth work will still be provided to young people in these areas. 

"Our approach to youth work in Walsall is much broader, flexible and innovative than the activities held in youth centre buildings. We also carry out detached youth work, mobile provision, project work and we are looking at new ways of reaching young people including the notion of ‘pop up’ youth spaces.

“We are committed to supporting young people in their communities and we will be working with them and their families to continue to develop services that meet their needs.

"I encourage anyone who is interested to come along to the meeting on 13th June to share their views and ideas with us."