Council wins £35k for youth services

St Helens Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing Coun Andy Bowden
St Helens Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing Coun Andy Bowden
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Health chiefs in St Helens have been awarded a £35,000 grant to help young people in the borough develop resilience and wellbeing.

St Helens Council is one of just six local authorities across the country to successfully bid for funding under the government’s Delivering Differently programme.

The programme aims to help develop services for young people using different approaches - in line with the statutory duty of improving their wellbeing.

It gives St Helens an additional £35,000 to look at how the council and its partners collectively deliver services for young people in St Helens.

Coun Andy Bowden, cabinet member for Children, Families and Young People, said: “We’re committed to developing services for our young people - despite the challenging circumstances we currently find ourselves in.

“So it’s pleasing to see that the Cabinet Office is willing to support us as we explore new ways of providing services more creatively. Working together with our young people and partners we will review how we deliver services for young people.”

The council’s partners include Helena Partnerships, St Helens YMCA, St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group, St Helens RLFC, Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action and the Heart of Glass.

Specifically the council and its partners want young people in the borough to:

· Have improved physical, emotional and mental well-being.

· Be informed, resilient and able to make the positive choices that will keep them safe.

· Realise their educational potential, develop life skills and have the knowledge, confidence and ambition to make sound choices.

· Be supported and encouraged to be creative and participate in activities they enjoy

· Contribute positively to their communities and their communities have a positive perception and invest in Young People.

· Be able to access jobs, learning opportunities or careers.

The Delivering Differently for Young People in St Helens research will take place between January and July 2016.