The Friends of Kingsway Youth are extremely concerned about the forecast loss of youth provision at Kingsway Youth Centre. They ask that you SIGN THE PETITION to Bristol City Council. As I write 543 people have lent their support to the Save Kingsway Youth Centre facebook page.
You might also like to contact local councillors about this – they are Cllr Fabian Breckels (firstname.lastname@example.org,) 0117 353 3371 and Cllr Alex Pearce (email@example.com), 0117 353 4711, councillors for St George East.
Here is the background to where we are today:
Since October 2010 the St George Neighbourhood Committee have allocated a total £21, 594 from their Wellbeing Fund (more than the amount they are allocated per year) to the Kingswood Foundation for the Kingsway Youth Centre for:
- a computer room
- providing an extra youth night
- refurbishment and sound insulation
- match funding to release over £50,000 of funding from a SITA grant.
The grants were made in the expectation that they would be providing a resource for the youth of St George for the future. The Kingsway Foundation is now the Creative Youth Network, the lead organisation in the consortium that has been awarded the Bristol Youth Links contract by Bristol City Council
The opportunity was given for 4 young people, 2 Councillors and 2 residents from each Neighbourhood Partnership to attend a “Bristol Youth Links Discussion with new providers” on Wednesday 28th November.
Below are the notes of that meeting taken by Abdul Razak Dahir, the Neighbourhood Co-ordinator for St George and Greater Fishponds. These notes were published in the notes of the last meeting of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership. Philip Bird and Susan Acton-Campbell attended the “Discussion” as members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership and expressed deep concern at the meeting about the removal of provision of youth services at the Kingsway Youth Centre.
Bristol Youth Links Update – note from Abdul Razak Dahir
Stakeholders meeting was organised on Wednesday 28th November 2012, following the announcement that Bristol City Council awarded contracts to deliver the Bristol Youth Links.
Creative Youth Network, formerly known as Kingswood Foundation, is the lead organisation for the consortium awarded to deliver the Bristol Youth Links contract for Bristol East (Greater Fishponds & St George Neighbourhood Partnerships) and Cabot & Clifton Neighbourhood Partnership.
At least 5 young people from Kingsway Youth Centre along with a Senior Youth Worker and two Neighbourhood Partnership members attended the meeting on behalf of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.
Concerns were expressed about the lack of commitment to continue delivering youth provision from the existing Youth Centres including Kingsway Youth Centre and the delivery programme presented at the meeting for the Bristol East area.
Creative Youth Network agreed to meet with the Young People from Kingsway and the Area Co-ordinator to look into addressing the issues raised at the meeting.
The focus of the contract is to target the most disadvantaged young people living in the area in an innovative way. There is no commitment (stipulated into the contract) to takeover existing youth centres and the consortium expressed no interest.
Rose Richards (Bristol City Council Strategic Commissioner) explained she received a lot of interest from the community for the existing Youth Centres. This dialogue will continue and may lead to Community Asset Transfer for some or all of the Youth centres in the Bristol East patch. At present the priority is to transfer across staff and services. The new arrangement is anticipated to begin from 1 February 2013.
Posting from Creative Youth Network on their website
Message from Kieran Coles, Chair of Friends of Kingsway Youth
I am writing to you today to inform you of the planned closure of Kingsway Youth Centre. Under new provision the centre, which is currently the only city council youth provision in St George East & West is under threat as of the 1st of February 2013.
I would be very grateful if you could take two minutes of your time to sign our online petition: http://epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/epetition_core/view/SAVE_KINGSWAY_YOUTH . As well as this if you could ask any young people and colleagues you work with to sign this petition it will help strengthen our fight to save our valuable youth service.
As well as this, we have a group on facebook where you can leave your views and read the views of others on the youth centre: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/SaveKYC/
Many thanks for your support in advance.
Friends of Kingsway Youth
Office: 0117 9601793
Postal Address: Friends of Kingsway Youth, c/o The Kingswood Estate, 20 Old School House, Britannia Road, Bristol BS15 8DB