look for Youth Service
change to the way activities for young people are commissioned in
Liverpool is being recommended. A 4 month cross-party review
of the Youth Service – which costs around £6 million per year - has
concluded that decisions on services should be decided at a very
local level, rather than centrally.
A report to the city council’s Cabinet on Friday has proposing the
creation of Youth Activity Zones across the city. They will be
focused on the needs and aspirations of young people, with an
emphasis on Friday and Saturday nights, weekends, evenings and
Young people will also be given more of a say over the type of
activities available, when and where they take place, and their
The city council is also set to pool its resources with partners
such as charities, social enterprises, Mersey Fire and Rescue
Service and housing associations to make sure it is getting the best
value for money.
There could also be an increase in the number of outreach and
‘street based’ activities, rather than services based in buildings
which are more expensive to maintain and run.
Assistant Director for the Youth Service, Alison Stathers-Tracey,
said:- “This has been a very detailed review in which we have
taken evidence from many hundreds of people involved in providing
services for young people, and youngsters themselves.
We have many dedicated and passionate individuals and groups who do
a tremendous amount of work. We want to harness their enthusiasm as
we make changes to the service in order to get better value for
money at a time when our resources are reducing.
The key is to make sure we are providing the right activities, in
the right place, at the right time, and that they are things that
young people really want to take part in.
We are being careful to make sure that changes do not happen
overnight, and will be working with community and voluntary groups
to get them to work much more closely together in our
We have to make sure every penny of our spending counts, and a key
aim is to cut out duplication and increase choice for our young
More account will be taken of the deprivation of an area when
allocating resources. The funding formula will be split equally
(50/50) between deprivation and population, rather than 30/70 as it
is at present.
Any changes which could put existing youth centre facilities at risk
will be presented to the Cabinet member, and the outcome reported to
the relevant select committee.
A review of the Youth Service staff structure to reduce management
costs and look at how workers could be seconded to voluntary sector
partners will also get underway, in consultation with the trade
The city is also looking into improving training and development
opportunities for youth service staff.
The review, which started in December 2010, included a series of
public consultations across the city with evidence provided by young
people, residents, service providers, councillors, staff and
Earlier this month, the city council earmarked more than £1 million
in funding for over 30 youth voluntary and community organisations,
meaning they will get the same amount as last year.
NERVE CENTRE OPEN FOR BUSINESS (IN THE FACT)
LIVERPOOL’S newest and most
exciting arts and action project is going from strength to strength.
After a hugely successful ‘Nerve Centre that took place in the
summer of 2010, when the former Rapid Hardware paint shop on Renshaw
Street was taken over by hundreds of local people. The Nerve Centre
now moves into the FACT (Wood Street) for 2 weeks only. Visitors can
expect another explosive series of art, film, music, poetry and of
course discussion. The title of the event is ‘INSURRECTION’. Art and
discussion will follow the theme of the ConDem cuts and how we as
the people of Liverpool can resist them.
The events and exhibition started on Thursday 31 March and runs
until Tuesday 12 April. Darren Guy part of the Nerve Centre
Collective says:- ‘We want the people of Liverpool, who are
concerned about what is going in our society to come along and get
involved. The aim of the Nerve centre is to provide a space and a
voice to those who never get a chance’
The coming week offers a whole range of exciting arts, culture and
discussion. The Nerve Centre is bringing together artists, musicians
and community activists across the city, who are actively improving
There will be:-
Displays from Nerve artists and local campaigns. Workshops on
Flashmobs, Open Source, Benefits and 'Setting up your own Arts
Centre'. Music and drama with local artists and theatre groups.
Discussions with Philosophy in Pubs (PiPs). Poetry from Windows and
a Children's Corner.
A day by day events guide is available at:-
catalystmedia.org.uk or there are details on
Facebook by searching for The Nerve Centre.
Members of the public wanting to know more should contact the Nerve
office on:- 0151 709 9948.
Merseyside Business Leader George Downing launches charity zip
MERSEYSIDE Business Leader George
Downing, teamed up with local Marie Curie Nurses Lorraine Howard and
Andrea Jones to officially launch Marie Curie’s Liverpool Big Zip,
which takes place at the Port of Liverpool building on Sunday May
Daredevil participants will launch themselves from the roof of the
iconic building zipping 160m along the high wire to land on the
famous Pier Head. It’s the chance to experience a thrilling
adrenaline event whilst making a real difference to people with
Liverpool’s largest commercial property landlord and owner of the
building, Mr Downing, said:- “Marie Curie Cancer Care is a
charity that is close to my heart. The charity’s Woolton Hospice
helps patients every year, providing specialist medical and nursing
care. I’m proud to support this fantastic fundraising event in the
heart of Liverpool. You’ll need to have a special kind of courage to
zip at this event, but by doing so you’ll be helping a truly worthy
cause. So please register to take part and join hundreds of other
people for the adrenaline rush of a lifetime!”
Money raised from this event will be used to support the Marie Curie
Hospice in Woolton which provides care to 1,150 local cancer
patients each year and to the Marie Curie Wirral Nursing Service
which provides care and support to patients in their own homes.
Marie Curie Cancer Care focuses on providing the best possible
quality of life for people with cancer and other terminal illnesses,
and all services are provided free of charge to patients and their
For more information and to register go
or call:- 08700 340 040 now...