Red Rock gets new lease of life

young people

Posted on: 29 October 2015

The Red Rock youth centre in Dawlish is set for a new lease of life with an expansion of services for at-risk young people.

Devon County Council is funding an expansion of the Chances educational support service, which is currently run by Devon Youth Service at the Junction in Newton Abbot.

Red Rock will remain home for a wide range of other services for young people and the wider community. The open access youth work will continue.

Chances provides education programmes for secondary students who are at risk of being excluded from school and face complex challenges. The expansion will enable more young people from more schools to benefit from the programme.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet member for youth work, Barry Parsons, said: “Red Rock will remain the responsibility of Devon Youth Service but it will also be used by a range of other services for young people and the wider community.

“Our key partners, Dawlish Action for Youth, will continue to deliver open access youth work, available to all young people within the age group.

“We are also planning to make the most of the first class facilities at Red Rock which include a recording studio and editing suite, an area for games and socialising, a disco area with a DJ booth, an IT Suite, office and facilities for vocational skills training in catering and hairdressing, as well as a sports hall.

“Devon County Council has been working hard with Dawlish Action for Youth and other organisations to try to maximise the building’s potential and provide excellent facilities for young people in the locality and beyond.

“We believe this new mix of day-time and evening provision gives us a solution and we look forward to continue to work with our partners in making this a success”.

Dawlish County Councillor John Clatworthy said: “Dawlish residents young and old spent many, many years fundraising and lobbying to get a fit for purpose youth centre for the town.

“That hard work and vision resulted in Red Rock being built. The town council, Dawlish Action for Youth and Devon Youth Service have cooperated to ensure that young people have a quality venue to meet in since the opening.

“This proposal will mean that those established partnerships and new ones will ensure that the young people of Dawlish and other users continue to benefit.”

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