Save Youth Connections from Council Cuts
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Save Youth Connections at Burns Square & Leven Road
Inverclyde Council Budget Consultation Review (2018) has proposed the closure Youth Connections branches at Burns Square and Leven Road with the complete removal of key community services across the local community spectrum. This proposal will also result in loss of 23 direct & indirect jobs to save the Council £120,000 from a reported deficit of £8,000,000. We propose cost vs benefit of such a move cannot and will not be acceptable to the service users and wider public of Inverclyde. The savings are not proportionate, will damage life-chances and support for vulnerable and young people within our communities and we argue that these savings could be realised from other areas of Council expenditure before hitting the hardest in society.
These community organisations assist some of the most vulnerable people and dovetail with many other services to provide safe, warm, secure and accessible accommodation for all kinds of community groups - young and old.
Less than thirty years ago the community of Larkfield for example required specialist conflict-resolution community workers from Northern Ireland to engage with local service providers with the aims of tackling youth crime in Larkfield. This was after many years where levels of youth crime were out of control and gangs roamed streets or occupied police cells, young people who faced a bleak outlook. Part of the long process of building strong, safe and sustainable communities was to create organisations like Youth Connections and attempt to answer the long-held views of the public that there was simply "nothing for our youngsters to do".
Through its community hubs the Youth Connections organisation sees a regular monthly footfall of nearly 4000 people and provides 1311 adult activities from it's centres. The Strone, Maukinhill, Leven & Clynder Road areas also faced challenges in promoting youth clubs and facilities during the 1980s and 1990s. Part of these proposals seek to close the Leven Road centre too. This petition and campaign seeks to save both centres and send a clear signal to elected politicians and civil servants that threatening the future of our centres will not be tolerated by the local communities.
According to figures from Scottish Government the Larkfield & Leven Road areas were listed in 2012-2017 as among two of the most deprived areas of Inverclyde (11-15% of population) and Youth Connections hubs have remained accessible to their immediate areas but are also increasingly recording use by people from all over Inverclyde who value their services such as useful training courses, youth groups, special needs clubs, elderly lunch clubs, free-internet computer access and much much more.
This petition sends a clear message to elected officials and Council decision-makers - hands off our Youth Connections centres. This Council has demonstrated with breathtaking arrogance it's willingness to indulge in expensive vanity projects and street art whilst seriously suggesting public approval for the cutting of vital community services.
Councillors are expected to set the council tax for 2018/19 at a council meeting on 22 February 2018 with the council’s final budget decisions set to take place at a special meeting on 15 March 2018.
Please sign and make your voice heard not just for this generation, but for others to come. Gaining assets like this are hard-fought but easily lost - help stand against this, help us Save Youth Connections.
You can also directly influence the discussion by emailing your councillors personally (a online contact form can be found here: https://www2.inverclyde.gov.uk/memberscontact & submitting your opposition using the comments box at the bottom of "Successful Communities" section https://inverclyde.budgetsimulator.com/
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