Shaping the future of the Youth Service in Gwynedd

Date 07/02/2017

Shaping the future of the Youth Service in Gwynedd

Gwynedd Council is eager to hear the views of local residents and relevant organisations on how the county’s Youth Service should be shaped for the future.

 The aim of the Gwynedd Youth Service is to help young people between the ages of 11 and 25 to develop personal, social and educational skills so that they can develop their voice, their influence and their place within society.

 Gwynedd Council receives less funding from the government to pay towards providing local services. In future, the Council will have £270,000 less funding to provide a Youth Service, and must therefore consider what the priorities and needs of residents are, and how to make the best of a situation where the funding available to deliver services is decreasing.

 Councillor Mair Rowlands, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member who leads on Children and Young People matters said: “As everyone is aware, the funding that local councils receive from the government to provide local services is decreasing. The challenge for us will be to make the most of this funding to create a Youth Service that responds to the needs of the young people of Gwynedd and to matters that are most important to them.

 “The Youth Service has held initial talks with groups of young people across the county over recent months. This was an opportunity for young people to tell us about their experiences of the service, to note what’s important to them and share their ideas for the Youth Service for the future. We are extremely grateful to those who took part in these sessions – the main messages highlighted in the sessions were that the Youth Service should support young people to socialise with each other, to support young people’s personal development and to help them to develop new skills.

 “The next step is to ask the opinion of young people in order to identify what’s important to them, and to others, for the future of the Youth Service. Gathering and listening to young people’s voices is important to us before making a decision for the service in future. All comments will be considered in detail before decisions are taken on the future of the service later in the year.”

 In addition, the Council is eager to improve the arrangements for gathering young people’s opinions on a range of matters that relate to the Council’s work. There is an opportunity for every young person under the age of 25 who fills in this questionnaire to win an iPad mini if they note that they are willing to take part in other surveys in the future.

 The questionnaire is available to fill in online at: www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/consultations and paper copies are also available at your local library or at any of the following Council Siop Gwynedd locations:

  • Council Headquarters , Castle Street, Caernarfon
  • Council Offices, Cae Penarlag, Dolgellau
  • Council Offices, Ffordd y Cob, Pwllheli.