10 August 2010

A new way of delivering youth services will be rolled out across the county by Northamptonshire County Council.

This new innovative way of working will see activities, training and support delivered area by area and will ensure the needs of young people are met at a local level.

As the county council commissions youth services rather than directly provides them, the work has been awarded to two organisations, Youth Works and Service Six through a full procurement process.

The youth services will be delivered through four areas; Northampton, Daventry and south Northamptonshire, Kettering and Corby and east Northamptonshire and Wellingborough.

As part of the contracts, Service Six and Youth Works have a target for the number of young people that need to be engaged in positive activities and to ensure the needs of vulnerable young people are met.

Cabinet member for children and young people Councillor Andrew Grant said: "We have already shown that our new way of delivering youth services have been a success with the number of young people getting involved in activities rocketed since it began.

“This new way of working goes one-step further and gives the agencies which provide youth services for us a better way of ensuring what they are providing is needed and welcomed by young people in a particular area.”

This new way of area-based working aims to reflect the current way the county council manages other services for children.

The contracts are awarded for three years and worth £670,000 each year for Service 6 and £200,000 each year for Youth Works. In addition each area will have £50,000 in small grant to pay for youth projects.

The organisations working in each area will have targets for the number of young people who engage in positive youth activities, gain a nationally accredited award, volunteer or become a young leader. They will also have to carry out work with vulnerable young people who are disadvantaged.

The work with young people can either be carried out in centres or will involve youth workers working directly with young people on the streets in the evenings.

Existing youth projects will also have to continue to be supported.

These are;

  • Northampton - Bangladeshi Boys club and the Farm Youth Club
  • Kettering and Corby - Zone youth club activities in William Knibb, Kettering, and Dreams Youth Club in Connaughty Centre, Corby
  • East Northamptonshire and Wellingborough - Thrapston Youth club, VYBZ youth club, Wellingborough,
  • The Opal Project, Brackley, The Music Factory, Daventry, and Woodford Halse – Daventry