25 Apr 2017

Children and Young People

Last chance to have your say on the future of Targeted Youth Services

There’s less than a week left for Bristol residents to have their say on the next five years of council commissioned youth services. 
The deadline for taking part in the Council’s Targeted Youth Services Recommissioning plan consultation passes at 5pm on Thursday 27 April. Anyone wishing to comment on the plan or find out more about it should visit https://bristol.citizenspace.com/people/targeted-youth-services-commissioning-plan/
The consultation asks providers, young people and members of the public what they think of the proposed future design of youth services. The model being consulted on sees over £3m being invested in services to support children and young people including maintaining a focus on areas of high needs.  It will ask providers to work in a more connected way to deliver co-ordinated services.  
The proposed new model will support children and young people across a range of areas and will be tailored based on the needs of the individual and where they live.  Help ranges from advice and guidance on accessing education, employment and training, support around sexual health and drugs and alcohol, and providing activities that help develop confidence and relationship building with peers.
Also proposed will be a contract to stimulate the wider youth sector and respond to rising demands and needs.   The provider of this contract will be tasked with working in partnership with organisations across Bristol to help sustain a universal offer of youth and play services.
The final element of the proposed model is an online information, advice and guidance service, which forms part of the current offering and includes three online portals; Go Places to Play, Rife Magazine and Rife Guide. 
Michele Farmer, Service Director Early Intervention & Targeted Services at Bristol City Council, said: “These services play a big part in supporting, developing and safeguarding the health and wellbeing of Bristol’s children and young people. This is a final call for anyone wishing to have a say on the next five years of these contracts and help us put in place the services children and young people need.”
Anyone wishing to complete a paper version of the consultation or receive a copy in an alternative format please email Rachel.beatty@bristol.gov.uk or call 0117 35 25844.