Jobs of scores of Wiltshire youth workers under threat, says union

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Wiltshire Council is consulting on youth club closures Wiltshire Council is consulting on youth club closures

Scores of youth workers could face redundancy and youth clubs could close under Wiltshire Council plans to save £500,000 from its budget.

Unions have been called to redundancy consultation meetings to be held in Chippenham, Trowbridge and Salisbury on Friday.

Officers for union Unite say they have seen documents that outline four proposals for change to youth workers at the meetings. There will then be a consultation period which will end on April 22 when the Wiltshire Council cabinet will make a decision.

In the worst case scenario the union says all 144 members of staff would be made redundant and 24 youth centres would close.

Unite regional officer Alan Tomala said: “We face the real possibility that by the end of August we will have no youth workers, empty youth centres boarded up and young people hanging around outside them with nothing to do.

“As a union we are concerned about redundancy for our members but we also want to warn the public about these plans before it is too late.”

The union says it is worried that, despite the consultation with staff, there appear to be no plans to hold public meetings.

Mr Tomala said: “The council knows these will be unpopular cuts, so it is trying to avoid difficult questions at public meetings. The county’s young people will suffer, if councillors are allowed to sneak these plans through.”

The four options understood to be on the table are retain the youth work team with a significantly reduced budget; support the establishment of a staff mutual; outsource youth work and a community led model.

Unite says the community led model would involve far more volunteers having to come forward and there is no guarantee it will work and could lead to clubs closing.

Mr Tomala said: “The council would prefer the community led model option which will see professionally qualified youth workers removed and replaced by a small grants budget in each area board across Wiltshire.”

The community option is similar to one taken on sports centres under the old Wiltshire County Council which led to a massive public outcry.

A Wiltshire Council spokesperson said: "A report, which considered current open access youth services and activities, was reviewed by council leaders on Tuesday (21 January).

"The report included options for ensuring sustainable provision which reflects the modern lives and needs of young people while encouraging more of them to access activities within their local communities.

"Currently, a small percentage of Wiltshire's young people access council youth services, while many are actively engaged in community, voluntary and commercially-provided activities.

"We must focus on what young people in local communities need and want in the future, while retaining the support and provision for those who need it most.

"Council leaders agreed there will be a public consultation on all the options and these will be discussed with communities - particularly young people - from the beginning of February."

The options for future delivery will be discussed with council youth service staff ahead of the consultation process.

Comments (13)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:04pm Tue 28 Jan 14

brasstacks says...

Perhaps rather than close youth clubs and their much valued youth workers, Jane Scott and her Conservative Cabinet could stop spending and wasting Funding on Conservative Political image ?..
Ambiguity at it's best and worst, Ms Scott, as you "do the rounds in area boards" trying to fly a flag for the Youth of Wiltshire who you are NOW going to make 'go without"..??.....
We do NOT want you "talking about" what you think you have achieved...

With respect, Ms Scott we want you to PUT RIGHT what you have done wrong and.,if you cannot do this, you should retire and let others do what you HAVE FAILED to do for us all..
Perhaps rather than close youth clubs and their much valued youth workers, Jane Scott and her Conservative Cabinet could stop spending and wasting Funding on Conservative Political image ?.. Ambiguity at it's best and worst, Ms Scott, as you "do the rounds in area boards" trying to fly a flag for the Youth of Wiltshire who you are NOW going to make 'go without"..??..... We do NOT want you "talking about" what you think you have achieved... With respect, Ms Scott we want you to PUT RIGHT what you have done wrong and.,if you cannot do this, you should retire and let others do what you HAVE FAILED to do for us all.. brasstacks

3:40pm Tue 28 Jan 14

trolly says...

Jane scott and the other cabinet members who have made these desiscions. Please accept the young peoples thanks for doing nothing for them! enjoy your extra personal budgets while you take from the youth of today

The motion, which is being backdated from May’s elections, will see members’ basic allowances increase by £122 to £12,289 a year with those councillors who are members of the council’s cabinet seeing their allowances increase from £15,101 to £18,433 a year
Jane scott and the other cabinet members who have made these desiscions. Please accept the young peoples thanks for doing nothing for them! enjoy your extra personal budgets while you take from the youth of today The motion, which is being backdated from May’s elections, will see members’ basic allowances increase by £122 to £12,289 a year with those councillors who are members of the council’s cabinet seeing their allowances increase from £15,101 to £18,433 a year trolly

4:23pm Tue 28 Jan 14

stfcdod says...

May I suggest that Mr. Tomola publishes on this site how many job cuts his union has caused due to his union's intransigence.
Also, this is the union with millions in the bank. How about subsidising the jobs that are in danger?.
May I suggest that Mr. Tomola publishes on this site how many job cuts his union has caused due to his union's intransigence. Also, this is the union with millions in the bank. How about subsidising the jobs that are in danger?. stfcdod

9:36pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Room101 says...

Then they will be complaining about kids hanging around street corners with nothing to do.
Then they will be complaining about kids hanging around street corners with nothing to do. Room101

10:19pm Tue 28 Jan 14

lasrigby says...

it's absolute ****. having experienced first hand the importance of building relationships with youth workers to gain a level of trust and now seeing how upset not only youths but youth workers have become is very disappointing. I don't think Wiltshire Council understand the importance of youth centres as they currently stand. all to save money from it's budget. to them it's a just a figure.
it's absolute ****. having experienced first hand the importance of building relationships with youth workers to gain a level of trust and now seeing how upset not only youths but youth workers have become is very disappointing. I don't think Wiltshire Council understand the importance of youth centres as they currently stand. all to save money from it's budget. to them it's a just a figure. lasrigby

8:40am Wed 29 Jan 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

No county for young men......
No county for young men...... A.Baron-Cohen

5:43pm Wed 29 Jan 14

brandx says...

I read a week or so back a comment from the bosses at County Hall, that there was no problem with staff morale.

Who are they and their spin doctors kidding?

With this and the public disgust at increases in senior officers salaries plus members' allowances; there is surely something rotten in Bythesea Road.
I read a week or so back a comment from the bosses at County Hall, that there was no problem with staff morale. Who are they and their spin doctors kidding? With this and the public disgust at increases in senior officers salaries plus members' allowances; there is surely something rotten in Bythesea Road. brandx

7:18am Thu 30 Jan 14

politepanda says...

They'll cut the budget to the bone, outsource the minimum requirement of positions at the cheapest possible rate - then blame the volunteers for not coming forward - public apathy and selfishness in a time of crisis. Then shock, horror - the company to whom the youth support has been awarded won't have enough money to fulfil it's obligations so posts and services will be cut again. Something incredibly familiar about this tory, er tune....
They'll cut the budget to the bone, outsource the minimum requirement of positions at the cheapest possible rate - then blame the volunteers for not coming forward - public apathy and selfishness in a time of crisis. Then shock, horror - the company to whom the youth support has been awarded won't have enough money to fulfil it's obligations so posts and services will be cut again. Something incredibly familiar about this tory, er tune.... politepanda

4:57pm Thu 30 Jan 14

sphere123 says...

Youth Work an interesting concept! I qualified in Youth Work 25 years ago and have witnessed no youth work going on at all in Wiltshire Youth Development Service. What I have seen is lots of activities based sessions where young people are involved in purposeful activities however this is not youth work.
I also don't think the public are aware of the pay a full time qualified youth worker actually gets paid. 30K for a full time worker where the sessions on the whole are run by paid sessional workers. The idea of the Area Board of Trowbridge having 30K to spend on youth projects is an excellent idea!
If any of you have seen the excellent work done by volunteers in the communities in Trowbridge you will agree that a small amount of money along with volunteers who actually like young people can make much more of a difference!
The Youth Service are great at dressing up what they do and show casing but when it comes to the actual work they hardly touch the young people of Trowbridge. Instead they tend to focus on particular vulnerable groups which is good but not a good use of public money when other more relevant services could support these young people. I have come across many voluntary sector youth projects that are turning young people's lives round and making a huge difference. Lets try to move on from providing fun activities for young people and spend money on specific projects and be led by the communties and area boards!
Times finally up for Youth Work, you have been finally found out!!
Youth Work an interesting concept! I qualified in Youth Work 25 years ago and have witnessed no youth work going on at all in Wiltshire Youth Development Service. What I have seen is lots of activities based sessions where young people are involved in purposeful activities however this is not youth work. I also don't think the public are aware of the pay a full time qualified youth worker actually gets paid. 30K for a full time worker where the sessions on the whole are run by paid sessional workers. The idea of the Area Board of Trowbridge having 30K to spend on youth projects is an excellent idea! If any of you have seen the excellent work done by volunteers in the communities in Trowbridge you will agree that a small amount of money along with volunteers who actually like young people can make much more of a difference! The Youth Service are great at dressing up what they do and show casing but when it comes to the actual work they hardly touch the young people of Trowbridge. Instead they tend to focus on particular vulnerable groups which is good but not a good use of public money when other more relevant services could support these young people. I have come across many voluntary sector youth projects that are turning young people's lives round and making a huge difference. Lets try to move on from providing fun activities for young people and spend money on specific projects and be led by the communties and area boards! Times finally up for Youth Work, you have been finally found out!! sphere123

5:02pm Thu 30 Jan 14

sphere123 says...

Room101 wrote:
Then they will be complaining about kids hanging around street corners with nothing to do.
so what, whats wrong with young people hanging around thats what I did when I was young . I didn't go to youth clubs
[quote][p][bold]Room101[/bold] wrote: Then they will be complaining about kids hanging around street corners with nothing to do.[/p][/quote]so what, whats wrong with young people hanging around thats what I did when I was young . I didn't go to youth clubs sphere123

5:03pm Thu 30 Jan 14

sphere123 says...

politepanda wrote:
They'll cut the budget to the bone, outsource the minimum requirement of positions at the cheapest possible rate - then blame the volunteers for not coming forward - public apathy and selfishness in a time of crisis. Then shock, horror - the company to whom the youth support has been awarded won't have enough money to fulfil it's obligations so posts and services will be cut again. Something incredibly familiar about this tory, er tune....
Say something intelligent rather than sound the stereotypical millitant!!
[quote][p][bold]politepanda[/bold] wrote: They'll cut the budget to the bone, outsource the minimum requirement of positions at the cheapest possible rate - then blame the volunteers for not coming forward - public apathy and selfishness in a time of crisis. Then shock, horror - the company to whom the youth support has been awarded won't have enough money to fulfil it's obligations so posts and services will be cut again. Something incredibly familiar about this tory, er tune....[/p][/quote]Say something intelligent rather than sound the stereotypical millitant!! sphere123

7:43am Fri 31 Jan 14

politepanda says...

sphere123 wrote:
politepanda wrote:
They'll cut the budget to the bone, outsource the minimum requirement of positions at the cheapest possible rate - then blame the volunteers for not coming forward - public apathy and selfishness in a time of crisis. Then shock, horror - the company to whom the youth support has been awarded won't have enough money to fulfil it's obligations so posts and services will be cut again. Something incredibly familiar about this tory, er tune....
Say something intelligent rather than sound the stereotypical millitant!!
Like - I based my statement on the track record of decisions and missives issued from the ivory tower that is Ms Scott's office?
Her and her cohorts haven't impressed me yet with any of their work. Why would I believe that the decision re youth work would be any better?
"" I have come across many voluntary sector youth projects that are turning young people's lives round and making a huge difference. Lets try to move on from providing fun activities for young people and spend money on specific projects and be led by the communities and area boards!""
Now THAT'S a prime piece of stereotypical rhetoric!!
[quote][p][bold]sphere123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]politepanda[/bold] wrote: They'll cut the budget to the bone, outsource the minimum requirement of positions at the cheapest possible rate - then blame the volunteers for not coming forward - public apathy and selfishness in a time of crisis. Then shock, horror - the company to whom the youth support has been awarded won't have enough money to fulfil it's obligations so posts and services will be cut again. Something incredibly familiar about this tory, er tune....[/p][/quote]Say something intelligent rather than sound the stereotypical millitant!![/p][/quote]Like - I based my statement on the track record of decisions and missives issued from the ivory tower that is Ms Scott's office? Her and her cohorts haven't impressed me yet with any of their work. Why would I believe that the decision re youth work would be any better? "" I have come across many voluntary sector youth projects that are turning young people's lives round and making a huge difference. Lets try to move on from providing fun activities for young people and spend money on specific projects and be led by the communities and area boards!"" Now THAT'S a prime piece of stereotypical rhetoric!! politepanda

9:46am Fri 31 Jan 14

peterblog says...

sphere123 wrote:
Youth Work an interesting concept! I qualified in Youth Work 25 years ago and have witnessed no youth work going on at all in Wiltshire Youth Development Service. What I have seen is lots of activities based sessions where young people are involved in purposeful activities however this is not youth work.
I also don't think the public are aware of the pay a full time qualified youth worker actually gets paid. 30K for a full time worker where the sessions on the whole are run by paid sessional workers. The idea of the Area Board of Trowbridge having 30K to spend on youth projects is an excellent idea!
If any of you have seen the excellent work done by volunteers in the communities in Trowbridge you will agree that a small amount of money along with volunteers who actually like young people can make much more of a difference!
The Youth Service are great at dressing up what they do and show casing but when it comes to the actual work they hardly touch the young people of Trowbridge. Instead they tend to focus on particular vulnerable groups which is good but not a good use of public money when other more relevant services could support these young people. I have come across many voluntary sector youth projects that are turning young people's lives round and making a huge difference. Lets try to move on from providing fun activities for young people and spend money on specific projects and be led by the communties and area boards!
Times finally up for Youth Work, you have been finally found out!!
This is so true,how can the Managers justify that kind of wage for running a youth club,my son went to the youth club he said that no one goes anymore as it is activities session so only few kids turn up.
[quote][p][bold]sphere123[/bold] wrote: Youth Work an interesting concept! I qualified in Youth Work 25 years ago and have witnessed no youth work going on at all in Wiltshire Youth Development Service. What I have seen is lots of activities based sessions where young people are involved in purposeful activities however this is not youth work. I also don't think the public are aware of the pay a full time qualified youth worker actually gets paid. 30K for a full time worker where the sessions on the whole are run by paid sessional workers. The idea of the Area Board of Trowbridge having 30K to spend on youth projects is an excellent idea! If any of you have seen the excellent work done by volunteers in the communities in Trowbridge you will agree that a small amount of money along with volunteers who actually like young people can make much more of a difference! The Youth Service are great at dressing up what they do and show casing but when it comes to the actual work they hardly touch the young people of Trowbridge. Instead they tend to focus on particular vulnerable groups which is good but not a good use of public money when other more relevant services could support these young people. I have come across many voluntary sector youth projects that are turning young people's lives round and making a huge difference. Lets try to move on from providing fun activities for young people and spend money on specific projects and be led by the communties and area boards! Times finally up for Youth Work, you have been finally found out!![/p][/quote]This is so true,how can the Managers justify that kind of wage for running a youth club,my son went to the youth club he said that no one goes anymore as it is activities session so only few kids turn up. peterblog

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree