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Suffolk Connexions and youth services 

Location: UK » East of England » IP

Suffolk County Council is planning to make severe cuts to its Connexions youth advice service and other youth services. All youth clubs and projects are closing or being ‘divested’. All Youth and Connexions full and part time workers are losing their jobs on 31st March 2011 and will have to apply under new terms and conditions for new job roles that are in the process of being developed. This will result in the loss of around 70 percent of the workforce.

Young people, the public and other agencies have not been and will not be consulted on this; the council claims this is not necessary as young people etc have been consulted in the past. At present the youth service deliver work on youth access, detached youth work, diversity, sexual health, schools work, teenage parents, and young people not attending school or at risk of exclusion.

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I’ve been a youth worker for 16 years, but they’re closing the youth clubs

All the youth clubs in Suffolk are to close. I’ve been a youth worker for 16 years and we’ve helped countless young people in a social learning environment.
The young people will still be there when we are sacked, they have told us that they will not have anywhere else to go.

What a shame that the government crisis has lead to the youth of today having to suffer. What we need is for society to rebel and this council cut will be seen as a bad…

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Posted by: stu at 4:34pm on 14 February 2011

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