Young people’s views on youth services in Irlam and Cadishead will be aired in the New Year.
Students from the University of Salford have been working with Salford City Council and Salford Community Leisure to find out what children and young people aged eight to 18 think.
They’ve been asking them what they think of the existing youth services and what they would like to see in the future.
Councillor Lisa Stone, lead member for children’s and young people’s services, said: “We wanted to hear directly from young people so we can improve existing services and plan for the future. They are the customers, after all.
“We’ve already changed the way we deliver youth services based on feedback from our young clients. We’re now focusing on younger children at Irlam and Cadishead Leisure Centre and going out onto the street to engage with older teenagers where they hang out.
“The survey is a chance to see whether that’s working for children and young people in Irlam and Cadishead or whether they want something different.”
At present the Cadishead Friday Night project has around 100 young people aged eight to 18 regularly attending to take part in arts, crafts, indoor and outdoor sports, issues based youth work and engagement and gaming. Youth workers also go out onto the streets to speak to young people who prefer not to attend a youth club.
It’s a similar picture in Irlam where Salford Community Leisure provide indoor sports to up to 150 young people aged 10 to 17, while youth workers work with young people in the skate park and at Prince’s Park.
Salford City Council has also offered to support residents who have expressed an interest in running a youth club in a building in Prince’s Park and would like to hear from any resident, young or old, who has views on provision for young people to email the Irlam and Cadishead neighbourhood team on ICNMTeam@salford.gov.uk.