Blackburn with Darwen, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Fulham


Blackburn with Darwen Council is reducing its budget by more than £25m. The workforce is to shrink by about a quarter with up to 1,000 job losses in total. Measures announced include:

  • Changing the focus of youth services to ensure efforts are more targeted to work with vulnerable young people
  • Reduction in specialist services for children such as educational psychology and welfare
  • Many grants to community and voluntary sector to end

Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs are losing £500,000 due to the government cuts in youth volunteering provision. This will equate to 39% of  staff being made redundant and young people will be denied the support they need to find ways of contributing to their communities and gaining valuable volunteering experience.

Cirencester Housing for Young People has lost its Supporting People grant of £116,000 per year from Gloucestershire County Council and will have to reduce its support for homeless young people. It has also lost a grant from Cotswold District Council of £13,500 per year to house 7 young people. There is concern that the amount of support time available to each individual resident has reduced, because the nature of problems experienced by residents (including mental health issues, former abuse and neglect and behavioural issues) can’t be dealt with quickly.

Fulham Football Club Foundation has come to the end of 3 years funding for a successful Community Champions volunteer project, which was match funded by v (by around £140,000). The project gave hundreds of people volunteering experience, training and qualifications as well as mentoring and employability skills.

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