Durham, Hertfordshire and Lambeth


Futurity Tees Valley CIC in Durham has lost its contract worth £166,000 from Stockton on Tees Borough Council to deliver play opportunities. “Children who had attended weekly sessions for up to eight years lost a vital service. Three staff have been made redundant, others have cut hours.”

TeenBoundariesUK has lost £15,000 of funding, from Hertfordshire County Council. This threatens to end their work with 20 schools after 18 months work on the issues of sexualised bullying and positive gender relationships, despite letters from all the schools and statements from pupils showing the need for their services.

The In Defence of Youth Work campaign has said that, “Lambeth Council are proposing to cut £12 million from the Children and Young People’s Services budget… These cuts will have a devastating impact upon Adventure Playgrounds, One O’clock Clubs, Youth Centres, Holiday activities, Connexions staff, Youth Offending Services, Family Support Projects, Social Work Teams and a host of other services to children and families. Adventure playgrounds are likely to be open for only one evenings a week during the school term time.” One project which is losing the final quarter of its two-year funding stream from Lambeth Council is 2XL, run by NCVYS member Brathay Hall Trust. The 2XL programme uses peer mentoring to stop young people turning to crime by offering practical alternatives to gang activity.

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