Published on 21st July 2021
Youth workers from Inspire to Aspire CIC will be out on Cheltenham’s streets, engaging with young people as the school summer holidays begin.
The team, who wear yellow and purple branded hoodies, will go out to meet with young people where they are gathering and build safe relationships with them. They will carry ID badges with photos and DBS numbers with them.
They will work together to plan activities, sporting and cultural events outside school hours and during school holidays, as well as signposting to things already happening locally and support that is available if needed. The team will also find out about any concerns young people may have and ensure that this is voiced in the right places.
Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for safety and communities, said: “This is fantastic for our young people and communities. We have raised a significant amount of money to enable this to happen and my thanks go to our partners - the parish councils in Charlton Kings and Up Hatherley, Cheltenham Borough Homes and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group - for their contributions to this project as part of the No Child Left Behind campaign.
“Our young people will have activities, opportunities and, most of all, fun! And, not just for the summer, but through to Christmas and beyond.”
Gemma Hall, managing director of Inspire to Aspire, continued: “This is a really exciting project and our team are looking forward to meeting the young people of Cheltenham, finding out what is going on for them and building strong relationships, as well as between the young people and their communities.”
The C5 Parish Councils Group earlier this year highlighted the impact that the limited availability of youth work was having on young people and the wider community and in this exciting move, there will now be more diversionary youth provision across the borough for the next 12 months.
There will be a focus in Charlton Kings, Up Hatherley, Oakley, the Moors and the town centre, as well as sessions held around the borough where needed.
The initiative has been jointly funded by Cheltenham Borough Council, the NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Cheltenham Borough Homes and the parish councils of Charlton Kings and Up Hatherley.
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