Young people in Cornwall are to get a new support service, after a partnership between between Cornwall Council and Action for Children.
Action for Children, a leading UK charity, already provides services in Cornwall, including those for young carers, young adult carers and children with learning disabilities.
The new ‘Support Services for Young People Contract’ is designed to provide skills and activity support for young people aged 11-19. It will also support those with special needs up to the age of 25, in partnership with SEND, a local charity.
Following consultations with local children and young people in Cornwall, this service will help young people by:
- Providing young people in Cornwall with the skills needed to learn about themselves and their strengths and assets, as well as learning about others and wider society.
- Engaging young people in positive activities and networks with their peers.
- Helping young people to understand their legal and human rights and develop their own voice, influence and place in society.
- Providing opportunities for young people to acquire and develop practical and technical skills to help them build for the future.
The service will also support the development of the Youth Parliament in Cornwall.
Cabinet member for children, wellbeing and public health, Sally Hawken, said: “We are passionate about providing young people with the best start in life and I am pleased we are able to expand our partnership working with Action for Children.
“Young people need to have a say in how services are shaped and delivered; this is something that we have a shared passion for, and I look forward to working with the charity to develop and shape services over the coming months.”
Action for Children is partnering with The Dreadnought Centre, Silver Cloud and Exeter University to deliver the services for young people.
Operational director for children’s services at Action for Children in the South West, Rob Wyatt, said: “We’re delighted to be delivering the new service on behalf of Cornwall Council after many years working closely together to deliver vital services to children and young people across the county.
As we continue to work through this pandemic, we remain committed to the delivery of our high-quality support to families who need our help now more than ever.”