[John Robertson in the Chair] — Services for Young People

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:04 pm on 22nd March 2012.

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Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Chair, Education Committee 3:04 pm, 22nd March 2012

There are positives from having a more big-society approach to youth services. I was speaking to a youth worker from Hull the other day, and he said that he and his colleagues were working more closely with the voluntary sector, in a way he felt they should have been years ago. We should also not send out too negative a message about small charities. They can sometimes be vulnerable, and they are threatened, but they are resilient, and they have an ability to innovate and find ways through. One tends to overstate how desperate things will be, but small charities are good at levering in additional support.