Rochdale and Oldham councils are offering more training for youth workers in a bid to boost numbers in their areas.
Rochdale Council's youth service is leading on an innovative approach to bridge the gap created by the closure of some training courses and enhance the youth worker provision in the area. In doing so it has also enlisted the partnership support of Oldham Council.
The youth service is an informal education service, working with young people across the borough. Our youth workers guide and support young people in their personal, social and educational development helping them reach their full potential in society. They work alongside young people, building positive relationships based on trust and respect. This enables them to deliver programmes of work that are flexible, and responsive to the needs of young people. They run youth clubs, Duke of Edinburgh awards, youth council and many events for young people throughout the year.
Together with regional charity Youth Focus North West, The Proud Trust and Mahdlo Youth Zone, both councils will pilot the pioneering approach, providing training through the level 3 youth work course. It is hoped this will then be adopted across Greater Manchester.
The course was officially launched during National Youth Work Week 2017 and it will see 22 youth workers taking part in the training over the next 9 months.
Councillor Donna Martin, Rochdale's cabinet member for children's services, said: "It is great that partners are working together to ensure that our children and young people get the best services."
Both councils believe that young people deserve high quality trained youth workers working in the clubs, groups and activities they take part in.
Diane Higgins, youth worker for Rochdale Council, said: "No individual partner is able to provide the training to their staff and volunteers. However, when we all met it became clear that we can all bring expertise, experience and knowledge to the table and provide this innovative approach. It can only be a good thing for youth service provision in the area."
'It will give young people from Oldham and Rochdale the best start in life'
Councillor Barbara Brownridge, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and co-operatives at Oldham Council, said: "This is yet another example of our cooperative working. The collaboration with Rochdale Council will allow both local authorities to share resources, knowledge and skills, drawing on each other's successes, providing the best training to youth workers which in turn will give young people from Oldham and Rochdale the best start in life."
By co-operating and working together the partnership is planning to run a training course for volunteer and paid youth workers to make sure young people have that high quality offer in both Rochdale and Oldham.
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