After 18 months of hard work and preparation we have had some excellent news. We are fully committed to ensuring high quality youth-centred provision is delivered across the borough.
At the recent 19th annual Doncaster Business Awards, held by Doncaster Chamber of commerce, we received the Success Through Partnership Working award.
Our company were delighted just to be named as the one of the finalists, but to actually win the award, has made all our hours of hard work pay off. Expect Youth are made up of nine partner organisations, all of whom have put in a huge effort to make our first a resounding success.
We will continue our mission to work together as partners to make sustainable improvements to the aspiration, achievement and essential life skills of young people. We will do this by making a positive impact upon their lives through the implementation of a universal youth offer that provides structured activities and a safe environment for them to play, learn and grow.
However, we can’t take the glory away from our young people as they have been heavily involved in the development of the new collaborative partnership. Indeed, their opinions in a 2015/16 DMBC Youth Service consultation initiated the idea of a ‘Doncaster Youth Alliance’ and their continued voice has been a key component in where it is today.
Since January 2017 we have seen a huge increase in the number of new voluntary youth clubs across the borough. This has been driven and coordinated by our very own Dean Mangham. We have manged to address the reductions that were caused as a result of the national austerity measures that effected every local authority across the UK. We have coordinated new investment and new impetus into the borough’s youth services. The team and DMBC have been working closely with voluntary sector partners, community volunteers and youth groups to not just sustain provision, but to build further capacity and provide additional quality services.
Now our communities have seen a smooth transition to a new universal youth offer that provides a greater diversity of activities and a choice of locations. We fully intend to continue to listen to the opinions of young people to ensure that we deliver a types of activities that they enjoy but that also develop them into young adults that are prepared for life’s challenges.
A huge thank you to our current partners and voluntary youth groups for helping us get this far; we are looking forward to what 2018 will bring!