The British Youth Council believes that as councils are asked to
save more and more money, young people are increasingly feeling the
brunt of these cuts. Thousands rely on services for young people.
We are already called the lost generation and cuts to youth
services will only make this worse. We believe youth services and
agencies aid young people in their personal development and aim to
ensure that young people form a functional part of society. Without
them our only option is to hang around the streets. Young people
need a platform to defend these services and explain to others
their life-changing work which often goes unrecognised.
We believe that existing youth services should have funding
priority over new initiatives to ensure that all young people's
services are well funded and are beneficial.
In 2010 the Education Select Committee held an inquiry into the
provision of services beyond the school/college day for young
people, primarily those aged 13-25; the British Youth Council
BYC is also part of Choose
Youth, an unprecedented coalition of young people, volunteers,
youth organisations, professional youth workers, and community
representatives who are working to save youth services. We believe
our youth service is too valuable for young people to lose.
What can you do?
Write to your MP and ask them to support the
campaign. (Don't know your MP? Find out now)
Start conversations online - Get your
friends involved in discussions about BYC's campaigns, by posting
articles, videos and links. Bring the debate to them! Make sure
follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and you can spread the word to
your followers too!
Write to your local press - You can make a
big impact by getting in touch with your local press to tell them
about why youth services are an issue for young people and what
needs to be done about it, by writing a letter to the editor or
sending a press release.