I recently had the privilege of assisting with the hand in of a petition started by Jennie Crosby, resident of Lichfield, and young people of Staffordshire.
The youth of Staffordshire have been out individually and with support from their youth workers to promote and collect signatures from the residents of Staffordshire to stop the cuts to their service.
They have collected 15,558 individual signatures and many more are still coming in.
They have provided the Council with the biggest petition ever handed over regarding any proposal the Council has raised.
This is a strong signal of opposition to the Council from the population of Staffordshire regarding their decision to “move away from providing out of school activities to ALL young people” and to concentrate on the “vulnerable young people”.
My members are not just activity providers, they help and assist young people through the challenges they face during adolescence, they give advice and guidance regarding all manner of subjects, they encourage young people to be healthy and active, they show young people positive images and role models and they increase young people’s self-esteem and confidence when others put them down.
We also work within the community, with other agencies such as the fire and police; we build community cohesion and develop projects which enable young and old to work together towards a common goal.
The professional Youth and Community Service has been around in Staffordshire for the last 75 years and to take this service away from the young people of Staffordshire would be the worst decision the Council have made for a long time.
This is not about which political party is right this is about what is right for the youth and future of Staffordshire.
John Butcher, Branch Chair Staffordshire Community & Youth Workers sector of Unite the Union