Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Steve Pitt talks about youth services in Portsmouth and how multiple groups within the city are working hard to support and coach young people.
The Street Strong Youth Project was set up by PCC last year to deliver detached youth provision across the North, South and East of the city to link in with the work of the Play, Youth and Community team at PCC who have always operated in and around the adventure playgrounds in Portsea, Somerstown, Buckland and Paulsgrove, giving us back a city-wide youth service that ceased in 2014 under the last administration.
Pompey in the Community, Motiv8 and Active Communities Network formed a partnership led by the amazing Julian Wadsworth to deliver Street Strong and have been desperate to get back out in our Parks and open spaces making positive engagements with young people. Now the rules are relaxed, they have been doing just that.
If only the government would allocate dedicated, ring-fenced funding, for youth provision so we could expand the fantastic work already being done. We could take this to another level and make an even bigger impact...
The new funding allocated was half a million pounds over 2 years and we are committed to keeping it going. We will do more if we can but that needs the government to do more to replace the £18m gap we currently have in our budget this year due to COVID19.
I am not 'blaming' government but it is a fact that so many people do not understand what councils do and the role governments of all flavours have to play in ensuring local authorities have the resources to do what is needed.
Councillor Steve Pitt
Portsmouth City Council
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