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Kidsgrove Youth Service Closure Threat

kidsgrove youth servicesDo Kidsgrove resident really care about the proposed closure to Youth Services in the Kidsgrove area by Staffordshire County Council?

We ask that question given the news that only 40 people across all of Staffordshire went to a protest in Stafford yesterday, which it would be fair to assume would also comprise of a fair number of political members. Previous to this The Sentinel covered the story with a photo of the Youth Centre at Clough Hall in Kidsgrove, however this image was made up again mainly of political members and not the young people whom the service is designed for.

Does the current protesting just go to prove the argument that Staffordshire County Council is making regarding the fact that these services are simply not used or wanted in the current form by the young people of the area? If this is the case though, what provision is going to be put forward to replace these services and ensure they cater for the needs of today's youth? 

There will be many people concerned that simply removing the provision is a backwards step that could lead to increased issues with anti-social behaviour. However, there will also be plenty of arguments that simply spending money on something that is outdated and not wanted by its users is a waste of tax payers money. 

It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on this issue and any suggestions on what the council should by doing with the service.

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0 #1 Bert Maxfield 2014-02-16 21:29
When I attended the Youth Club at Clough Hall we did athletics, ballroom dancing, walking, youth Hostelling. There were many competitions with other youth clubs. At one time there was a waiting list for the YC. What activities are undertaken now. Are they drug and alcohol education, IT, games, work in the community? Are the activities what youngsters want? I would like to see outdoor pursuits organised because youngsters nowadays do not seem to appreciate
the countryside and what it has to offer. They say that there is nothing to do but there is if only they will look. The trouble is is that technology has taken over which doesn't involve moving from the couch.

I don't want to see YCs closed but want to see a diverse range if activities that enrich the lives of young people.
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