Innovative ideas to support young people
Archived press release
Date Published: 17/03/08
Aylesbury Vale District Council has pledged to do everything it can to help young people living in the district.
An action plan, that brings together the work of many organisations to bring young people the services they need in Aylesbury Vale, was adopted by the council’s cabinet on 11 March.
The one year plan identifies new work with young people that will be taking place during 2008/9. The actions within it set out how partner organisations will work together with young people to address their needs and aspirations.
Over the next 12 months AVDC and its partners will be striving to deliver against 59 action points to improve services for young people. Here are just some of the pledges:
• Further develop the two district youth cabinets to ensure that they are even better placed to provide feedback concerning young people’s services
• Set up a pilot travel token scheme to help enable young people to access local train, bus and taxi services
• Support and promote the development of two new youth cafes in Waddesdon and Broughton
• Provide more leisure opportunities for young people with disabilities
• Establish new child protection arrangements to help ensure the safety of young people
The plan has been developed by AVDC with support from a wide range of local community organisations, including Buckinghamshire County Council, Connexions, Aylesbury Youth Action and Thames Valley Police, all working together through the Aylesbury Vale Young People’s Action Group (AVYPAG).
Its principal aim is to improve services for young people through improving health; making a
positive contribution; staying safe; and achieving economic wellbeing. These are the outcomes outlined in the Every Child Matters’ strategy, which is aimed at improving the co-ordination and development of children’s services across the country.
This is the second young people’s improvement plan produced by AVDC and partner organisations. The first, for 2007/8, helped to create a framework and led to an improvement in services provided for young people.
Of the 46 action points within the 2007/8 action plan, the AVYPAG implemented 44, including the adoption of the Children’s Trust Board Constitution and establishment of two youth cabinets supported by 20 young people across the Vale. AVYPAG also supported the district council’s efforts to secure £500,000 in funding in relation to play services, the i-Van multi-media project and Youth Bus service.
Other successes include the 20 per cent increase in the number of young people taking part in AVDC’s 2007 school summer holiday programme and the youth café programme, which is managed by charity Aylesbury Youth for Christ. The five youth cafes are now meeting the needs of more than 1,000 young people each month.
Councillor David Thompson, AVDC Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “The plan is an important and positive step forward in improving the lives of our young people. The priorities that have been outlined are specifically aimed at bringing statutory agencies together to address key issues that affect young people in the Vale. Our vision is of Aylesbury Vale as a place where all young people have an equal chance and achieve their full potential, and we can only achieve that by all working together.”
If you would like a printed copy of the plan or more information about how the priorities will be achieved across the district, please contact AVDC on 01296 585224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Notes to editors:
This decision is subject to call-in. Any requests for call-in must be received by the Head of Administration by 5pm on 20 March.
For interviews, please contact:
• Councillor David Thompson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, 01296 425656
• Matthew Partridge, Head of Leisure and Cultural Services, 01296 585181