Youngsters encouraged to have their say

The Bradley Stoke 'Youth Needs Survey' is promoted at the Skate Park

South Gloucestershire Council and the Town Council are reminding local youngsters about the ‘Youth Needs Survey‘ currently being conducted in Bradley Stoke.

The consultation was started after the two Councils jointly decided to close the town’s only youth club at the Brook Way Activity Centre with effect from the end of October, a move which led to Southern Brooks Community Partnership having to make 13 youth workers redundant.

Interim measures put in place by South Gloucestershire Youth Services since the beginning of November have seen youth workers engaging with youngsters on the streets and the staging of organised sessions including DJ-ing, circus skills, skating, football and music.

To help encourage young people to give their views, an event was recently organised at Bradley Stoke Skate Park, where youth workers gave out copies of the survey to help promote the consultation.

The consultation is open to all 10 to 19-year-olds who live in Bradley Stoke and it runs until 17th December.

Cllr Sheila Cook, executive member for children and young people, said:

“Your answers are important to us because it means that we can use them to shape new services that appeal to more of you and provide something for everyone to enjoy.”

Cllr Ben Walker, the Mayor of Bradley Stoke, said:

“This is the biggest and most in-depth consultation about the provision of youth services ever undertaken in Bradley Stoke and the Town Council are proud to be at the forefront of progressive provision based around feedback from its users.”

“Along with South Gloucestershire Council, we look to ensure youth provision exists for all the different elements of the community, making something accessible for all of interest to them.”

Every young person who fills in a survey will be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win an ipod nano or cinema tickets.

Photo (L-R): Kyle Hall, Bronwen Fowler, Sam West (youth worker standing in van), Sam Beaumont, Josh Holbrook, Reggie Hall and Sasha Frampton (centre, with basketball).

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