Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 10 July 2021
PARISH COUNCILLORS for Barwell Parish Council have agreed to start funding youth work activities for young people in the village.
The funding will see two youth workers from Young Leicestershire lead activities and sessions starting in the Summer with local young people over the course of a set number of weeks.
Young Leicestershire are a youth support group who help empower young people in achieving their full potential by leading and supporting voluntary sector youth services across the county.
They already support the youth work of a number of other parish and town councils in Leicestershire.
Cllr. Mathew Hulbert (LDEM, Redhall Ward) has been a prominent campaigner for trying to get youth work back into Barwell over the past number of years.
In a statement, Council Vice Chair Councillor Hulbert, said: “I’m delighted that there was support from across the Council for this initiative.
“Youth work is important not just as a way to help tackle anti-social behaviour, but also as a way of engaging with young people, meeting them where they are at, helping them deal with any concerns or issues they may have, and helping them achieve their full potential.
“As the Councillor who has championed this project, I very much look forward to encouraging it moving forward and seeing the positive results which I’m sure will flow from it.”
Alison Jolley, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Young Leicestershire, said: “We are delighted to be supporting young people in Barwell and working in partnership with another parish council.
“Youth work is such an important service to young people and gives them a voice in their community.
“Our thanks go out to Cllr. Hulbert for his drive to make sure this project goes ahead, and we look forward to reporting on our progress.”