NYA Support Package to Help Local Authorities Reshape Youth Services
08 March 2011
The National Youth Agency is developing a free offer to support local authorities in re-shaping services for young people following budget reductions.
The support package, currently referred to as the ‘Unified Offer’, will bring together the National Youth Agency’s specialist knowledge of young people, youth work, engagement and quality, and organisational development. It is being developed as part of the organisation’s ongoing work with the Local Government Association, supported by top-sliced funding for local authorities.
Five local authorities around England – Leeds, Croydon, Sheffield, Shropshire and Gateshead – are working with the National Youth Agency to pilot the ‘offer’, which aims to ensure young people’s services are flexible and responsive, and adaptable to local need.
Susan Quinn, National Programme Manger for the National Youth Agency, commented: “Cuts are hitting youth services hard and we are keen to ensure that young people around the country still have access to a quality provision that caters to local need.
“Our support package will provide an integrated approach – helping councils, their partners and stakeholders to work together more effectively and efficiently, while taking into account new learning from across the sector, for the ultimate benefit of young people.”
Development work is ongoing and the National Youth Agency is looking to launch the package early in the new financial year.
For further information visit, www.nya.org.uk/the-unified-offer or contact email@example.com