Young people from across the Bradford District are being invited to have their say on what activities and support should be available to them in the future.
The Council and its partners are creating a new offer to young people to make the best use of the resources available. The new Youth Offer will provide a wide range of support and activities, such as youth work, to young people to help improve their wellbeing.
The new Youth Offer will be led by the voices of young people with their opinions and views at the heart of what is delivered. The offer will be delivered in part through Council’s services, such as the youth service, but also through the Council’s partners in the voluntary, community and faith sectors.
Councillor Ralph Berry, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said “It’s so important that we listen to young people to find out what they need. This is why the Council has commissioned independent advisors to help us do this and to help young people lead this review. We want everyone in the district who works with young people to be involved so that we can be sure we deliver the services, support and activities that will make a difference to young people’s lives.”
A consultation is being launched this month to find out what young people aged 13 to 19 (or 11 to 25 with additional needs) and any interested adults think should be part of the Youth Offer.
The consultation will help establish what the Council and its partners should do to make sure the young people across the district have the best possible support in the future.
Independent organisation People Dialogue and Change has been commissioned by the Council to advise on the development of the Youth Offer. People Dialogue and Change has been working with a group of young
people from across Bradford District to design a set of online surveys and focus groups, and they would now like as many young people and as many adults to give us their views as possible.
James Felton from the young people’s steering group said: “The review is really important because it’s about shaping what is available for us in the future. We want support and activities that will be relevant to us,
so it’s really important that as many young people as possible have their say in the consultation.”
Dan Moxon, Director of People Dialogue and Change, said: “We are trying to build a map of all of the activities for young people across the Bradford District. This will let anyone working with young people see
what is out there, and how it compares to what young people want and need.
“As well as young people’s views, we would also like to hear from any organisations who work with them. We’re inviting organisations to tell us what activities and support they think should be on offer, and to
tell us about what they currently offer. This will help us build up a picture of what is currently available to young people.”