Run a Youth Centre

New model for delivery of Youth Services across Worcestershire

Positive activities refer to those activities undertaken by young people which have a positive impact on their health, social or educational well-being.  These include sport, leisure and educational activities. The term is used in the context of activities which are fun, structured, supported by qualified workers and voluntarily attended by young people. 

Background

The Council has a legal duty to secure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that qualifying young people (13-19 year olds and those 20-24 with a learning difficulty) have access to positive leisure-time activities that contribute to their well-being and increase their life chances and resilience. It does not have to provide these activities directly.

How are Positive Activities delivered?

  • The County Council's resources for positive activities are allocated to six local areas, linked to District Council boundaries and targeted to need/population based on a funding formula
  • The decision about how those resources are deployed locally are made by Local Commissioning Groups, made up of the local County Councillors for each District area, in consultation with local young people (Young Commissioning Advisers)
  • Local partnership arrangements, including the emerging Local Children's Trusts and their related sub-groups, will provide advice and guidance to Positive Activities Local Commissioning Group on local needs and issues, and ensure that strong local relationships are maintained and enhanced.

What are we doing?

  • Investing in supporting the VCS to develop and sustain positive activities in a safe manner for all young people, through commissioning an infrastructure support service and enhancing the support offered through the Changing Futures Fund
  • Targeting the Council's expenditure on activities for young people primarily on reaching those that are most at risk of being not in employment, education or training (NEET) in areas of highest need, or in those areas where they may become involved in anti-social behaviour if alternative positive activities are not available
  • Allocating the Council's resources to each local area, defined as areas within District boundaries, using a need/population formula of 70%/30%
  • Making arrangements with Local Children's Trusts for them to identify and prioritise local needs and, advised by local young people and local stakeholder groups from the VCS and other partners, to inform intelligent commissioning of services in order to meet those needs.

Success Stories:

  • The Lounge
  • The Cube
  • Worcester Community Trust
  • Ourside Youth Association