Youth Service

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:42 am on 23rd November 2010.

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Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Conservative, North Swindon 11:42 am, 23rd November 2010

I am not sure that I agree. My point was about going to the young people, but the hon. Lady has made a good point. Engaging with certain children is very challenging, and the youth service must be as proactive as possible. If that means that it parks itself right in the heart of communities and engages directly, that is only a good thing. The service can also be there through the leisure facilities-teenage discos for example-so I sort of agree with the hon. Lady.

Finally, the principle of the National Union of Students discount card, which applies to students, should be extended. A lot more could be done to get young people discounts so that they can make more of the leisure facilities that are accessible to them. As a consumer body, young people are huge in number. By being proactive, we can make those facilities more accessible, to tackle the problems of boredom.


David Renard
Posted on 25 Nov 2010 10:50 am (Report this annotation)

Extending the NUS discount scheme would be welcome. Swindon Youth Forum make it clear that young people want more affordable activities.