I pledge to support Young People across Kilmarnock East & Hurlford
As someone who has spent a long time studying in the field of Community Education and then working with children and young people through youth clubs in East Ayrshire, support services in North Ayrshire and in Scouting across the country, I fully support the Youth Link Scotland manifesto.
Young people are a crucial key in society today and if we have the right services in place and fun activities young people can grow and prosper. We need to ensure we get it right for every young person and that is why I will continue to be a loud voice for increasing youth provision across Scotland.
The four key Youth Work Pledges that I am supporting are as follows:
• Pledge to ensure that no young person is left behind in any of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas – we cannot afford to have another lost generation of young people in Scotland. Youth work helps to develop the personal and professional skills vital in assisting young people with the key transitions they face in life.
• Pledge to improve equality of access to youth work services in all 32 local authority areas in Scotland – young people do not currently have a right of access to youth work services and experiences and opportunities vary depending on their location.
• Pledge to improve sustained, permanent funding for youth work services and to support and work with the voluntary sector in all 32 local authority areas – to help strengthen local provision, delivery and capacity of youth work services.
• Pledge to improve recognition in all 32 local authority areas of the positive and preventative impact of youth work – youth work in Scotland positively engages with more than 300,000 young people, helping to develop key employability skills and a sense of community cohesion. For the many individuals and communities it engages with, it is the ultimate form of preventative spend.