Young people completed a questionnaire in June and July about their views on Youth and Connexions Services.
Here’s a summary of the results, although you can access the full report here.
Young people asked for more services, including the following:
- More youth groups, that are open more often and for longer
- Targeted work with different ages and genders
- Visits from specialist workers
- Greater level of privacy
- ‘Peer-mentoring’ and support opportunities
- Creation of ‘Disability Champions’
- Better awareness and information
Young people want and need services at an earlier age. Many young people begin to think about what they want to do earlier than 13. For youth services or projects young people feel the age of access should be from age ten.
Many young people value their weekly youth clubs highly and see the benefit of youth groups as fun, friendship and the games and activities that groups offer.
They would like a wider range of activities and ones that they can be included in with more skills development and accreditation.
The local school was preferred for advice on work and education but youth clubs were preferred for personal issues. The internet was a useful back up source.
The majority prefers youth groups outside of school - e.g. in a Community Centre.