The Roundwood myplace Centre in Harlesden is set to remain Brent Council’s flagship youth service hub despite the authority being forced to make substantial savings, if Brent Council’s Cabinet agrees new proposals for Council funded youth services.
Youth centre provision and related youth work will be commissioned from another provider. This will help to grow the range of services for young people over time and ensure that services continue to be delivered.
This new approach to youth service delivery will help the council and other partners secure other opportunities for funding sources not traditionally available to local authorities.
The Council report proposes a transformation of Brent Youth Services with the Roundwood Hub offering activities, programmes and targeted support for vulnerable young people. Cultural, sports and employment opportunities will also be offered at the centre and it will provide an important base for youth work and outreach support with a focus on working with vulnerable groups.
A number of Youth Service projects will continue in Brent, including the Right Track Programme, which supports pupils temporarily excluded from school, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme.
The Council is also looking to extend its youth services at Brent River College in Wembley, but this will be subject to further discussions with a new provider.
Any new provider would be expected to work with the wider community of voluntary and community sector youth service providers to build capacity and champion youth issues in Brent, especially the newly formed Young Brent Foundation.
Councillor Ruth Moher, Lead Member for Children and Young People, said: “Given the severe funding constraints imposed upon us by central government, this proposal will help to secure important youth services in the borough and promote more innovative ways of working with our voluntary and community sector partners. It will also help us to attract more money, which the council cannot currently access.
“We want to seize the opportunity to do something different and innovative here and create a partnership model which will help to continue youth services.”