Additional funding to help youth clubs through COVID-19

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Posted on: 13 May 2020

Like many voluntary groups and organisations, youth clubs in Devon are struggling right now to stay afloat, with bills to pay and no income to supplement them. 

It’s left many in a hard place, and yet they’re part of the solution in helping young people in the transition back to normal life. 

Youth Work in Devon is a partnership led by our youth service provider, SPACE, alongside VOYC Devon.  As well as their own work with young people, SPACE also support the many local independently run youth clubs in Devon with financial support, training and advice. 

Devon County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Devon and Cornwall have given the partnership an extra £50,000, to help youth clubs to ensure that they’re still able to operate after COVID-19. 

Dan Barton, Space’s Partnerships & Projects lead said:

“We hope that through this additional funding, the new online training support and the regular video catch ups we are providing, the sector will stay strong and come back after this pandemic is over with renewed vigour and be ready for the challenges ahead.

“Young people will need their youth centres more than ever, in their transition from social distancing to being able to meet with their friends again.”

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Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for youth services, said:

“Youth services and support for vulnerable young people in particular is continuing, albeit in more remote ways.  It’s important that continues.

“At the same time, a lot of the open support which is available to all young people – and especially the opportunities for young people to meet up in youth clubs – has had to be curtailed for the time being.

“Those clubs still have bills to pay without having the income.  We, and the OPCC, are pleased to give our support to help see those independently-run clubs over this difficult time.”

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